FAITH IN FOCUS: WANT TO HEAR A STORY?
The Gospel passage today presents us with a complete turn around. It starts with two men walking along in complete misery. Everything they had hoped for over the past three years has gone up in smoke in the course of the last seven days. Yet by the end of the passage they are elated and are running into Jerusalem to tell the apostles
their good news. What happened to make things change so much? Someone listened to them. The world is full of people. And each person has their own story, their own set of events and circumstances that have shaped them into the person that they are. In fact, my story is my history. It’s what makes me “me”.
If someone cant be bothered to listen to my story, especially when I feel the need to tell it, then they can’t be bothered to find out what makes me tick. But if they do bother to spend time getting to know my story, then they affirm and validate my experience and all that I am.
That’s what Jesus did with the two disciple on the road to Emmaus. He met them “where they were at” and he made sense of their story in the light of the scriptures. When they had thought about their lives in the light of the scripture and had broken bread with him, all seemed different.
Every single person in church on a Sunday morning has his or her story. They need to be allowed to tell it, to share it and to have people who will listen to it. If we are more than just a congregation, if we are the Body of Christ, then we have been given ears to listen and tongues to encourage. So as we gather to celebrate the eucharist each week we bring our own stories with us.
We bring them so that God might shed light on them through the words of scripture as he did on the road to Emmaus. And as we listen to God’s word and share the body and blood of his Son the tangles tales of our complicated lives begin to take shape that makes more sense.
For, at the heart of it all, we each a have a role in everyone else’s story. And after the event of that first Easter all our stories are intertwined with God’s.