Wednesday, 2 May 2007

The Road to Emmaus

I have three favourite Bible stories, and they are all in Luke's Gospel - the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds (Chapter 2), the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Chapter 15), and the Road to Emmaus (Chapter 24).

The story of the Emmaus Road is the model for all our Eucharists in which we meet the Risen Lord. We hear the Scriptures and have them opened to us in the homily and bidding prayers; we break bread; and we are dismissed - sent on our way, back to our daily lives, strengthened and inspired.

Like those two disiples, attending the Eucharist should change our lives! Have you told anyone recently that Jesus is risen?

1 comment:

John the organist said...

Great picture. Discussed this story at the Spirituality day today! So much in it! Eileen had a good take on the rhythms of the story - slow then fast at the end! I looked at the actions, recognition and faith. Ended by doing a disciple's graph of following Jesus from first meeting to Emmaus when the graph goes right to the top with sheer joy!