The Gospel text for this Sunday is well known for Jesus' appearance to his followers on the road to Emmaus. One problem is that the location of the town of Emmaus is basically a mystery. Another mystery is the name of the other person (not Cleopas). And it is interesting that the one name we do have, that of Cleopas, is short for Cleopatros, and this means 'famous father'.
Jesus sort of treats the two like little children when he says they are foolish and slow to believe all that has been written in (what we know as) the Old Testament, the scriptures. I think the most wonderful part of the text is when it says that he basically goes through the whole of the Old Testament--he mentions Moses and he says that ALL the prophets are included--and he says that these writers pointed to him as both a suffering and exalted savior.
I think that is extremely difficult for some people to get. For some the Bible focuses more on God (as a whole); for others, more on man (and his actions). Either way you go, you can easily end up with the implication that it is now up to the reader or listener to do something in response. And, depending on how optimistic a person is about their strength--whether spiritual, mental, or even physical--that response could be extremely varied.
The text focuses, rather, on how God became man in Jesus, and that savior went through an awful lot for people. God needed an actual race of people to be an actual man. He did not pick a very important race. Rather, he picked a very special race that showed his very special grace. So, because he was a man, he died, and because he was God, that death meant something significant for us.
It might be good to just sit back and enjoy the text and hear how, again and again, Jesus does something for the person who, unfortunately, is in the dark.
And you might want to marvel a bit at the two who end up going back to Jerusalem that night--about seven miles in the dark (and one of the possible Emmaus locations was NINETEEN miles away--some manuscripts do have 160 stadia as an option instead of 60; I don't know why this is not considered the more difficult reading and put within the text)!
What people sometimes do for Jesus these days....
What Jesus did for us in those days....