Wondering Together

posted Apr 21, 2016, 11:18 AM by Todd Randolph   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 11:29 AM by Amelia Fannin ]
Road to Emmaus - Grace Newton
This past Sunday, in our second week of our Christian Formation intergenerational experiment that we are calling “Formation Station,” we heard the story from the Gospel of Luke of the two disciples and Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Walking from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus after Jesus’ crucifixion, the two disciples don’t realize that it is Jesus who has joined them on the road, and who has been explaining the scriptures to them and all the prophecies about the Messiah’s dying and rising, until they share a meal together. When Jesus breaks the bread, his identity is revealed, and the disciples head back to Jerusalem with joy.
This is one of my favorite stories in all of scripture. After we heard the story, we “wondered” about it, a practice of reflection that is part of our Godly Play program. “Wondering” means you ask questions about all aspects of the biblical story. “I wonder how the disciples felt when they first left Jerusalem?” “I wonder why they didn’t recognize Jesus at first?” “I wonder if you have ever lost a friend, or missed a good friend so much?” “I wonder why Jesus didn’t tell them who he was at first?” It was indeed wonder-ful to “wonder” with an all-ages group. And I believe that we were doing something akin to what the disciples did with Jesus on the Emmaus road: pondering the scriptures together, and placing ourselves before the mystery of God’s word as it has been handed down to us.