While the travel narrative is difficult to interpret, there is a discernable movement in Luke’s gospel of a journey leading to a destiny (the cross). In these chance encounters that happen “along the way” something of the cross is foreshadowed and the contrast between the way of the cross and the way most common to all of us is very clear. In each of these encounters, we are asked to examine ourselves – our patterns, our paths, our way – in the light of Jesus’ teachings. This series will trace the Travel Narrative – from the road to Samaria to the road to Emmaus – and show how these encounters with people very much like us, challenge us, especially in our day, to walk an other way.
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