Sunday 26th April 2020
3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a,36-41 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

As we continue to engage with Peterís sermon, we might remember how on the day of Pentecost people from all across the world, heard the Good News of Christ in their own languages. In our world of multi-national corporations and international trading, it is through work that many of us are most regularly in contact with people from other lands. We might pause to think about those people and to pray that we might also be Good News to those we meet.

The Supper at Emmaus, recorded in Luke 24, entwines a number of themes around journey, travel and hospitality. We imagine that the two believers were travelling home after the Passover celebration, it is during the journey that their understanding grows; a journey which they re-trace once they realise that they have been with the risen Christ. It is though their hospitality and while sharing at table that Christ makes Himself known. We might pray for all those who are engaged in the field of travel and hospitality. This might include holiday couriers, airline, coach and railway staff, along with those who work in hotels, restaurants, coffee-shops and the like. We might also pray for those whose work and everyday life requires a significant amount of travel. Our prayer can simply be that they too might encounter and recognise the living Christ in the midst of it.

For a powerful and evocative image of the world of work impacting the Emmaus story, use the painting of the Maid in the Emmaus kitchen by Diego Velazquez. This picture asks some powerful questions about social justice, the nature of the Gospel and the purpose of the death and resurrection of Christ. A young, black kitchen maid, immersed in her duties becomes suddenly aware that the supper guest in the next room is no ordinary being . . . . . The picture currently hangs in the National Gallery of Dublin and can be found on several websites.