The two disciples still did not recognise Jesus on the way to Emmaus, even when he was explaining to them what had been happening during the last few days.
As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus walked ahead as if he were going on. But they insisted, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them.
Did you notice in Aylesham Church the picture of Jesus coming to someone’s door and knocking? When he wants to open the doors of our hearts and minds, it’s not like a police raid, smashing down the door. He invites us, with respect.
We see that gentleness here. Jesus could have gone into the pub for himself but he let the two of them invite him to come in.
Yesterday, when our walk was over, we went into the church.
What did we look forward to? What did we do?
Cup of tea.
Fish and chips.
Rest and later sleep.
Let’s remember the words of those two disciples: STAY WITH US, LORD!