It’s only been three weeks since we heard the Passion Story of Jesus. A story where we can only imagine the pain of His mother and disciples as they watched him die a horrible death on the cross. A pain we only begin to feel when we are separated from those we love. That pain is the price of love.
Jesus felt the ultimate pain of separation when He paid the price of his love for us on the cross. Jesus loves us so much that he came into our world as a vulnerable little baby. He accepted the abuse of the teachers and elders of the law. He was scorned, humiliated, and brutally beaten. Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced by a Roman warrior’s lance. It was a painful “good-bye” for those he loved. Because of love, Jesus suffered and died to be the perfect Passover sacrifice, standing in our place before the Father so we can live.
In the Gospel today, some disciples meet Jesus while walking home after the Passover. They didn’t recognize him at first. But after Jesus left, their hearts were on fire as His words opened Scripture to them. This time, saying “good-bye” was not painful – it was joyful. And although those disciples may not have understood the big picture yet of Jesus’ Passion, death, and resurrection they were exited and on fire with his love.
As we continue celebrating this Easter Season, can we share in those feelings of being on fire with our faith and his love? Jesus died to give us life. But, we live today not because Jesus died, but because of His love for us. Now, like those disciples on the road to Emmaus, our job is to share His love with others.