6 - The road to Emmaus

O sing to the Lord a new song

All        for he has done marvellous things.  Alleluia.


Bible reading – Luke 24:28-35

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us* while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.



Each gospel looks at the resurrection encounters from a different angel.  Luke humanizes the struggle the disciples were having in working out what all this meant.  Two men are on a walk to a place called Emmaus, an unknown destination.  A stranger joins them as they are puzzling it out and begins to put all the pieces together for them.  In the end they recognise him when he breaks the bread, a clearly Eucharistic reference; a pointer to the place we meet Jesus today.  Emmaus becomes the place we journey to when we are trying to figure out our faith and the result is a direct encounter with the risen Lord.


Risen Lord,

as you walked beside the disciples

on their journey to Emmaus,

be with all who accompany others in their pilgrimage of faith

and exploration of your wonders.  Amen.



            Sing to the Lord, bless his name

All        tell of his salvation from day to day.  Alleluia.