Third Sunday Of Easter – Year A
The Road To Emmaus
In the Gospel resurrection stories the disciples consistently fail to recognize Jesus when He appeared to them. Mary Magdalene thought He was a gardener. The disciples on the seashore of Tiberias thought He was a beachcomber. The Emmaus disciples thought He was a lone traveler who was ignorant of what happened in Jerusalem, so He needed to be taught the real news.
In the Gospel of Luke’s Emmaus story, there are three consistent things that lead us, as His disciples, to acknowledgement of Jesus for who He is:
The broken hearts of the two disciples
The broken Word of the Scriptures
The broken bread of the Eucharist
First, let us admit where our hearts are broken. We can use this as an opportunity to close our hearts to Jesus, or to open them to Jesus.
Second, let us allow Him to break open the Word for us as though we have never thought of it before.
Last, I leave with you a quote from the Jerusalem Catechesis attributed to St. Cyril in 348 AD.
“Do not then, regard the eucharistic elements as ordinary bread and wine: they are in fact the body and blood of the Lord, as He Himself has declared. Whatever your senses may tell you, be strong in faith.
You have been taught and you are firmly convinced that what looks and tastes like bread and wine is not bread and wine but the body and the blood of Christ.”