Every year after Easter, I love reading the mass readings as the Apostles began to spend more and more time with the risen Lord and as the infant Church slowly begins to grow. It’s fascinating that these broken followers of Jesus suddenly are imbued with the strength and determination to bring the light inside their heart to the world.
No story better epitomizes this than the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. They are devastated at the death of Jesus when suddenly they are joined by a stranger who turns out to be the risen Lord.
As they walk along, the stranger discusses scripture with them. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” When they reach their destination, they beg the stranger to stay with them, which he does. He continues teaching them. And at dinner, he breaks bread and they recognize him. Can you imagine being taught the entire history of salvation by the Lord. Luke’s gospel explains what it felt like to those two men after Jesus had departed from them.
“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
I love that image. They are so excited by this experience, they rush back to Jerusalem to find the Apostles to let them know they had seen the Lord.
So I invite you this Easter season to take the walk with me to Emmaus and read about the birth of the infant Church.