Burning hearts. What an interesting phrase.
But before that interesting phrase was a whole conversation between two friends and a companion they picked up on their walk to the neighboring town. In fact, the two friends where stunned that their walking companion didn’t seem to know the recent news events that turned Jerusalem upside down.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hadn’t heard something about last week’s botched execution at a prison in Oklahoma. Or the thoughtless, racist remarks by the LA Clippers basketball team owner. And then, there were the reprehensible remarks by Sarah Palin using water-boarding and baptism in the same sentence! News is reported, recycled, rebutted, and redistributed until we’re all sick of hearing about it.
Some news, that is. Some news we don’t hear anything about or are hard-pressed to find it anywhere. We are still hearing news about the missing Malaysian flight from March 8, 2014, but most barely know about the abduction of over 300 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitory in Nigeria April 15, 2014. Information is becoming more visible only because of the international outrage organized by activist groups. The tragedy of schoolgirls being abducted and sold into slavery or marriage for $12 is not as tragic as missing flight? People are outraged and calling for the sale of a basketball team because of remarks made by its owner and yet we turn a deaf ear to addressing sexual assault on college campuses or the human trafficking that is going on in our own neighborhoods.
No doubt the two friends walking to Emmaus were still reeling from the news that their hope died on that cross. Yet, in the course of conversation while walking with their new companion, they heard something in what this stranger was sharing that resonated with them. It wasn’t until they sat to share a meal and their new companion gave a blessing as he broke the bread, that they recognized and realized who their companion really was! And then poof! He was gone. They couldn’t wait to get back to Jerusalem and tell their other friends, who were all hiding, what they experienced.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
Unbeknownst to the friends, Jesus stepped into their journey. They shared. He shared. They invited him to join them. He invited them to partake with him. And their hearts burned. Now they believed what the women had already told them.