A stranger joins them. "What are you talking about?" he asks. They proceed to tell him about Jesus, who was a prophet, who was killed like all the other prophets, but who now is supposed to be alive. Surely he heard about this. The news is all over Jerusalem.
The stranger affirms that yes, he did hear about the trial and execution. Then he goes on to explain to them, Jesus' disciples, the prophecies from Moses onward that referred to Jesus and the events that have transpired.
In all this time, walking together, discussing and arguing, the two disciples did not recognize Jesus. Why not? In Mark 16:12, it says Jesus appeared in a different form. In Luke 24:16 it says, "they were kept from recognizing him."
For reflection: Jesus, when have you been with me and I have not recognized you?
Let us pray. Jesus, because of your love you reach out to me every day. Help me to see you in all the ways you approach me.