have met many people who found this story really helped at times when
they were down, - hopes gone, illness and many of the crosses of life.
like for the apostles, Jesus was not visibly present - vanished and
then they knew he was raised...like us. The presence, active and loving
remained. He had accompanied them in a dark journey of life.
went to them, he did not await their visit. Somehow he knew that people
of his ‘set’ were in darkness and maybe despair. This is the call of
the church – to be with us in prayer, community and service always, and
especially for what Pope Francis calls ‘the peripheries of life’. Most
of us spend some time there, and appreciate the help of love and faith.
they went to tell the story of how they were changed. Faith grows in
sharing it. A father said –‘ in my child’s first communion, I got faith
stronger.’ If we are honest and open with each other in faith, the
faith of everyone grows.
told their story of Jesus in the here and now. Not reminiscing on what
things were once like in Galilee. Notice this week where the Lord is
present in love, care, creation, an uplift of joy, prayer and the
journey of life can be an Emmaus journey where we meet the Lord. Every
altar can be the altar of Emmaus, and indeed every meal can be a time of
friendship, care and nourishment for body and for soul.
Donal Neary SJ.