What did Christ say to the disciples while walking the Emmaus Road? I wonder if the disciples walking down the path were bemoaning Christ’s absence and failure to fulfill their hoped-for vision of a Messiah, much like many of us as the faithful do today, lamenting that God hasn’t granted us what we expected or wanted in the Messiah. And yet, this is God-in-flesh.
Sometimes, our fear of the other prohibits us from loving them as Christ commands. We need to stop giving credence to misperceptions that prohibit us from experiencing the fullness of God’s love in community.