PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Jesus, help me look around a new place and get the "big picture" before plunging in. Amen!
Two disciples were walking along when Jesus appeared and walked with them. They didn't know who He was and talked about what had happened to Jesus. Jesus explained the Bible to them, and they all had dinner together. When Jesus blessed the food, they suddenly recognized Him, and He disappeared. The disciples ran to tell their friends that Jesus was alive!
Many kids don't enter a new place or situation and plunge right in. You arrive at the party or the park and look around for a minute, checking out who's there and what's happening. Then, if you see someone you know or something interesting to do, you'll rush over to talk or climb on the swingset.
This week's Gospel (Luke 24:13-35) is about checking things out before plunging in. Jesus has come back to life, but not everyone knows it yet. In fact, when He appears to some of His followers, they don't even realize it's Him at first!
Jesus doesn't jump in and say, "Hey, it's me! Here's what I've been up to. Let's catch up!" Instead, He holds back for a while, checking out the situation. He listens to what the disciples have to say, talks about the Bible and sits down to eat. Only then does He let on that He's Jesus.
Checking out a new situation helps you get comfortable. If you walk into a party and rush right over to a game, you might miss saying hi to people or getting a snack. Looking around helps you understand more of what's going on and make a good decision.
Jesus did that. He appeared to the disciples and listened to what they understood about His dying and coming back to life, so He would know whether they were really following Him. He explained the Bible, so they'd have a good understanding of it after He went back to heaven.
Looking around gives you the "big picture" of a situation. For Jesus, it reassured Him that His work was in good hands with the disciples. He disappeared and went back to heaven!