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Emmaus: Recognizing Jesus...

Although the story of Jesus walking to Emmaus on Easter Sunday with two disciples is found only in the Gospel of Luke (24:13-32), in a sense, it is every disciple’s story.

Two disciples who thought they understood the Scriptures had their hearts opened more widely to Jesus as he spoke with them along the way. They recognized Jesus for certain in the breaking of the bread (v. 30), the New Testament’s oldest term for the Eucharist. “Were not our hearts burning [within us] when he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” they asked one another. They immediately returned to Jerusalem to inform the apostles.

There was a Byzantine-era and Crusader-era church to commemorate this event—but at a greater distance from Jerusalem than Luke indicates. The present site dates to the 14th century; the Friars Minor arrived in 1355.

The Custody of the Holy Land acquired the property in the 19th century. The present church dates to 1902 and is built over the reputed house of Cleopas, the only disciple named in Luke’s account. May each of us be as willing to grow in our faith as were the two disciples whom Jesus met on the road to Emmaus!

This blog was taken from Pat McCloskey’s “Dear Reader” column in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.

Image: “Landscape with Christ and his Disciples on the Road to Emmaus” by Jan Wildens/Wikimedia Commons


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."