Saturday, April 29th – Sunday, May 7th

Click here to download this week’s bulletin The Road to Emmaus appearance is one of the early resurrection appearances of Jesus after his crucifixion and the discovery of the empty tomb. Both the Meeting on the road to Emmaus and the subsequent Supper at Emmaus, depicting the meal that Jesus had with two disciples after the encounter on the road, have been popular subjects in art. The two disciples were walking along the road, heading to Emmaus, deep in solemn and serious discussion, when Jesus met them. They could not recognize Jesus, and saw him as a stranger.
The Gospel of Luke states that Jesus stayed and had supper with the two disciples after the encounter on the road: As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

The two disciples showed their openness and caring to the unknown stranger, who is Jesus, by inviting him to stay with them, to join in a meal and companionship. By the offer of hospitality, the Emmaus companions could transcend their self-concern, sadness, foolishness, and slowness of heart, thus preparing them for the revelatory experience around the table where they were nourished.

At first, Jesus appears to Cleopas and one other disciple, but “their eyes were holden” so that they could not recognize him. Later, “in the breaking of bread”, “their eyes were opened” and they recognized him.

Then they said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us . . .?” Put yourself in their place. Feel how their sadness and fear turned to joy in the breaking of the bread. Jesus is with us at every Mass in the breaking of the bread: Eucharist. Our hearts should always be burning within us.

from the Boston Archdiocese and  from: