The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road, by James Tissot, ca. 1888.
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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
To Walk in God’s Sight
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of my life I may not forget you, but may remember that I am ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mason Barge 2/2018
For Those Mired in Crime
O Mighty God, who spares us when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; I humbly implore you, of your goodness, to comfort and enlighten all who suffer in prison, deserved though their punishment may be. Bring your light into their lives, O Lord, that they may know your only Son and find repentance and forgiveness in his name, leaving aside the guilt of past sins and the yearning for the darkness within which they committed them. And trusting in your truth and mercy, that they not place their hope anywhere except in the holiness, which only you can give them.
And awaken all criminals, whether convicted or free, to the light of conscience and self-knowledge, that they may learn to serve you and their fellow man, and so find their place at your side when they leave this earth. In Christ’s name I beseech you on their behalf,
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God of mercy, swift to help: as my lips pour forth your praise, fill my heart with the peace you give to those who wait for your salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question
What Bible verse informs us that “All Scripture is inspired by God”?
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
Luke 24:13-27 (ESV)
On the Road to Emmaus 
hat very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?”
And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.
Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Notes on the Scripture
The day is still Sunday, the day of the resurrection. Two of “them” refers to an earlier verse, where Peter recounts the empty tomb to the “eleven and to all the rest.” The time frame is not completely clear, as Jesus also appears to Mary Magdelene in Jerusalem, at the tomb itself. And she, like our two travelers, does not recognize him.
Christ chides them gently for not understanding why the tomb was empty. But notice, one of them says, “But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.” In other words, they had still thought that Jesus would become a political figure, a leader like David, who would drive out the Romans and restore Judaism to Israel, but His death had meant failure.
People are awfully hardheaded. If they have a wrong idea, but are faced with the truth, they will cling to their wrong idea like it is a lifebuoy in a stormy sea, when a rescue vessel (that can actually save them) comes alongside. Jesus had time and again taught that he was destined to die and be raised again; although, in truth, sometimes his teachings were hidden in metaphor. E.g., “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again (John 2:19).”
God, who is smarter than we are (!), has let the plan for our salvation develop over time. The two men are given full knowledge when they are ready to receive it: when the resurrected Christ is standing before them. Christ has become the first evangelist. The men are headed away from Jerusalem and the Word will spread with them, beginning almost as soon as the resurrection occurred.
Resurrection of Christ by Piero della Francesca, c. 1463. Christ is depicted as victorious, a scruffy bleeding King with a crown of thorns. Click the photo to see it full-sized.
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Today in Daily Prayer
Matthew 10:14 (ESV): And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.
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