On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24: 13-35
Acts 3:1-10 / Ps 105

Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?
(Luke 24:32)

God’s message comes in verses read,
In parables that Jesus said,
Or even on the roads we tread,
Or in the breaking of the Bread.

Two disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem. As they talked and discussed with each other everything that had happened, Jesus came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing?” One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” he replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things to enter His glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself. As they approached the village where they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Reflection

It is inevitable. There will come a time in our life when we encounter our Saviour. Right now we might still be too preoccupied with making our first million, raising a family, attending to our career, or struggling up the corporate ladder, but sooner or later, we will eventually meet up with our Lord, like the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, or more dramatically, St. Paul’s encounter with Jesus on his way to Damascus. Jesus just bides His time, but He knows that somewhere along the way in our journey through this earthly existence, we will discover our true destination, and He will be there to offer His assistance. After all, He is the Way, all His promises are true, and He is really our best friend and the Source of eternal life.

In his last noon mass in our parish church (for he was taking another path in life), Fr. Tom Veneracion shared a provoking insight on the ‘road to Emmaus’ encounter. He said Jesus instructed the two disciples first about Holy Scriptures before breaking bread with them, as if setting the format for the celebration of the mass. We listen to the Word of God first before partaking of His Body and Blood. That is why the celebration of the Holy Eucharist would not be complete if we arrive during or after the reading of the Epistle and Gospel.

How foolish we are if we do not seek direction on the path we must take to arrive at our destination. How much more if the direction we seek is to reach our Ultimate Destination! The Word of God reveals to us our mission in life; without its instructions all our attempts to find our way in life will be futile. By our own plans and efforts alone, we will always come up empty, puzzled and lost. That is why it is very important to read the ‘Divine Manual’ everyday. The more we read about our Lord Jesus in the Bible, the more we will understand His purpose for our life and the direction we need to take.

“It was You who created my inmost self, and put me together in my mother’s womb; for all these mysteries I thank You: for the wonder of myself, for the wonder of Your works.” (Psalms 139:13-14) Amen.

One Response to “On the Road to Emmaus”

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