We are all familiar with this Sunday’s Gospel[1]the Road to Emmaus.

Luke’s account of the appearance of the risen Lord to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is generally agreed to be his masterpiece, as rich in narrative art as in its theology.”[2]

We can join Jesus, Cleophas and the other disciple as they walk towards Emmaus. Let us listen in to the conversation…” “What matters are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped short, their faces downcast.”[3] Their hopes had been dashed. You know the experience well, this happens and has happened to all of us on occasions.

You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening these last few days.”[4] They probably thought that this traveller was crazy not to have heard the incredible events that had occurred.

What things?” he asked. “All about Jesus of Nazareth” they answered “who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free.[5]

Jesus let them speak on…but then said “You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?” Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.”[6]

They then mention that women had told them that this Jesus had risen from the dead but that they had not seen Him for themselves. 

It is now evening so they invite Jesus to stay with them.

Jesus invites you and me to stay and have a meal with Him everything we attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. We hopefully recognize Him then. The two disciples do indeed recognize Jesus in the breaking of bread!

However, “It was not only the action in itself but finally Cleopas and his friend could see, with their own eyes, the hands pierced by the nails of the passion that until that very movement had remained hidden from them during the long journey on the road.”[7]

Sometimes Jesus can seem hidden from us. He may choose to, or perhaps we have not taken the time to spend time with Him in prayer. It is so easy, even in this lockdown situation to misuse our time. He is there waiting for us waiting to journey with us.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP


[1] Lk.24:13-35

[2] https://www.australiancatholics.com.au/article/homily-notes–third-sunday-of-easter–year-a

[3] Lk.24:17

[4] Lk.24:18

[5] Lk.24:19-21

[6] Lk.24:25-27

[7] https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-04-26