This Sunday’s Gospel reading from Luke tells the very memorable story of two disciples on the road to Emmaus following the crucifixion of their Lord. They talked about Jesus, recalling Who He is and what He had done the preceding three years. They even talked to Jesus, who walked with them for seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Nonetheless, "their eyes were prevented from recognizing him" (Luke 24:16). The Emmaus disciples were blinded by their mistaken expectations about what God is doing through Jesus. The relentless and powerful lies of the world blinded them—as the world continues to blind us—to God's presence. Luke ends his story with good news. When the disciples started Sunday morning on their journey to Emmaus, "their eyes were prevented from recognizing Jesus " (24:16). The day ended with a eucharistic dinner when "their eyes were opened and they recognized him" (24:31, 35). May our eyes be open to the presence of the resurrected Lord in our lives as well.
Rev. Harold HICKS
I have served as pastor at First Christian Church of Yates Center for nine years, beginning at Christmas in 2008. The focus of the ministry of our a community of faith has always been worship, teaching, and service. I always place an emphasis on pastoral care and community engagement, and my wife Aeron, who served actively as co-pastor for five years, continues to serve the church with support of the fellowship. Aeron's Christian Life Seminars were enjoyable times of learning and sharing. She has written most of the blog posts and has provided bulletins, newsletters, and other publications to the fellowship including working with leaders to develop and file official church documents.