As you all remember, the Road to Damascus is the story of when the Apostle Paul had a vision of Jesus and was so overcome by the glory that he was knocked off his horse and went blind.
The Road to Damascus moment is an incredibly vivid and immediate experience of God that instantly changes your life forever.
Many people in the Bible have Road to Damascus moments besides just Paul. Moses sees the burning bush. Isaiah is taken into God’s throne room. The shepherds tending their flocks by night are overwhelmed by the heavenly host of angels.
Each of these is a life-changing experience of God that floods the senses and sets one’s soul ablaze with the Holy Spirit.
But we aren’t studying the Road to Damascus moment in our Gospel lesson today.
We’re given the Road to Emmaus.
The Road to Emmaus is the polar opposite of the Road to Damascus.
The Road to Damascus is marked by suddenness, awe, intensity and clarity.
The Road to Emmaus is shadowed by fear, uncertainty, grief and delay, and the final, healing understanding comes only in the aftermath. Continue reading