On the Road to Emmaus
Two disciples feeling downcast were on the road to Emmaus when Jesus joined them in conversation. They did not recognize Him though their hearts burned within them as He spoke. Jesus uncovered what in Scripture points to Him. He showed them how the Messiah’s seeming-defeat was God’s plan throughout history and how He deliberately chose the road of suffering to arrive to glory.
Jesus still instructs us on our road, this disheartening journey of life. He reminds us that grace is alive even in the midst of human disgrace. But do we recognize Him when He speaks?
The two disciples knew it was Jesus in the breaking of the bread. We too are aware of Him in the Eucharist at Holy Mass. Indeed, even our hearts burn within us as we listen to the word proclaimed and preached from the pulpit. But are we convinced it is the very voice of Jesus that speaks to us?
He talks personally and encouragingly to each who would lend an ear to the homily during Mass. And he walks along with us, showing us how the same road to Emmaus, if turned around, also leads to Jerusalem.