Walking with Jesus
The Gospel reading for this week is the two men walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The
disciples are walking together speaking of all that has just happened, when Jesus appears to them. The exact location of Emmaus is not known, but it is believed that they are walking away from Jerusalem and the site of the Resurrection. How often does that happen in our own lives where we walk away from the Lord and head in another direction? Just like the two men though, Jesus meets us and walks with us, even if we don’t recognize Him at first. Isn’t it wonderful to have a savior who comes to seek and find us when we’ve gone astray? We don’t have to come crawling to Him, He is already there waiting.
So how does Jesus help the men to see and recognize Him? He does it two ways, through Word and Sacrament. First He reveals Himself to them through His Words and teachings. That is what He does for us as well. That is why we hear Scripture at every Liturgy and why we need to listen carefully when we hear it. Next the passage tells us that “So He went in to stay with them. When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.” That is also what Jesus can do for us at Sunday Liturgy, we can have our eyes opened to seeing the real living, present Lord. Once our eyes are open we will see the world very differently than before. Saint Mother Theresa had a beautiful way of expressing it. She said “I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.” Lastly, the two men returned to Jerusalem and told the eleven what Jesus had said, and proclaimed that Jesus had risen!
Just like the two men, may our hearts “burn within us” as we experience an ever deeper conversion of our hearts, and grow deeper in our love for Jesus and everyone we minister to, and be refreshed during Sunday Mass by community, the reading of scripture, and the sharing of Eucharist.
God bless you all
Deacon Dan MacDonald