From the Word of the Day
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
(Luke 13: 32)
The episode of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is very suggestive and timely for our reality of persons on a journey who have doubts, perplexities, and desires. We see two persons who are sad and deluded, who are retracing their steps away from Jerusalem and the community, and who think they are aware of the last events that had happened. They think everything is over and that it is useless to continue in an experience that seemed to be exhilarating.
Jesus accompanies them on the way. He listens to them with interest and then intervenes, explaining the Scriptures. Then He stops to dine with them and is recognized in the breaking of the bread. The two hurriedly return to Jerusalem to share the Good News.
This is truly a faith journey. Through the Church, Jesus today is present in the divine Word and in the Eucharist. He comes to us in our everyday life. He questions us and illumines us on events, rereading them in the light of God.
Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will be attentive to the real presence of Jesus in my life. I will open my eyes to the truth and my heart to love and to sharing.
Lord, increase my faith so that I may recognize You on my life’s journey and my heart may burn with joy as I hear Your Word.
The voice of Cardinal Maria Martini, Biblist and Pastor
The two disciples of Emmaus, after they met the Lord and recognized Him in the sign of the bread, return to the community they had abandoned with their hearts full of sadness. Community life must offer a climate of faith and charity that sustains witness, together with prayer. Ask Jesus to accompany each of us as He accompanied the two disciples of Emmaus, so that we too, at the end of the journey, may repeat their prayer, “Stay with us for it is nearly evening.”