“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24.32) the disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus said to one another after he had vanished from their sight. They had realised eventually who he was when he broke the bread at their table. They were then so overcome with excitement that they set off straightaway to walk the seven miles back to Jerusalem to share the good news with the apostles and their companions.
Now that we have completed the journey of Lent and Holy Week, how are we feeling? Some of us, I imagine, like these two disciples, fairly worn out! It’s been a busy time. We have a tendency to think sometimes that on Easter Day we’re all done; the party’s over. Certainly I can get some strange looks when I wish someone a Happy Easter a week or so later. But it’s only just beginning; indeed, it is the new beginning. In the resurrection of Christ, we and the whole of creation are renewed, re-created: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5.17)
Do our hearts burn within us as Jesus comes amongst us, to open the scriptures to us, and to reveal himself Sunday by Sunday and day by day in the breaking of the bread? Like these two disciples are we so overcome with excitement at the resurrection, at the presence of the Risen Lord with us, that we are eager to share the Good News with our friends and family, with those we meet on our journey?