Our scripture this week is Luke 24:13-35.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:30-32

Cleopas and his friend are now aware that it was indeed Jesus Himself who walked with them, taught them about the Messiah, and broke bread with them. As He taught the others with their last meal together, now these two have learned the meaning of the breaking and sharing of the bread in His memory. Jesus gave us a way to celebrate His life and His love for us every time we eat and drink together.

This story tells us that Jesus was there for everyone, not just those closest to Him. He appeared on the road to two of His followers we had not heard of before this passage. They were not likely rich, powerful or important in their society, but they were definitely important to Jesus.

We are all important to Him, as dear brothers and sisters in the faith, and as those who will be carrying on His work in our world. Jesus calls us to be part of what He is doing. He sends us to share His love with everyone.

Loving Lord, we are grateful to be called in Your name to the ministry of sharing the Good News. Help us to be strong when there is opposition, but kind in our words and works. Amen.

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