Road to Emmaus
This Sunday’s Gospel was the Road to Emmaus. This happens to be one of my favorite Gospels because I always find it crazy how the disciples didn't realize it was Jesus who was with them the entire time. He even asked them what events transpired in the town. But my favorite part of the Gospel is that when they sit down for supper, the disciples finally recognized Jesus because He broke the bread, and gave it to them.
In high school when we discussed this Gospel in theology class, my teacher pointed out that the disciples were in a period of grief because they had this idea that Jesus left them. When Jesus started walking with them, He was probably the last person they thought they would see, which is why He was not recognizable to them. What my teacher said in class always stuck with me because the disciples were in a much darker place than I think we realize. They were grieving the loss of someone who literally changed the direction of their lives. Often times when this happens to us, it’s hard to see the hope and light that’s around us.
I believe that this Gospel is more important at this time than we realize. Because of the current state of the world, we were forced to give up our normal routine and all our expectations for the foreseeable future. We are grieving the loss of our old lives. For me personally, I know that it has been difficult to try and find Jesus in all of this. It can be easy to feel alone, like this suffering has no purpose. In my normal routine, it was easy to know and feel Jesus’ love, especially since the Sacraments were so readily available. Now, we constantly hear people saying negative things in the media. Now, we have to seek out the positive news and the happiness and the light. We have to seek out Jesus.
To be forced to watch Mass on a livestream is an emotional experience because we aren't able to be there in person when we desperately want to, but thank God we can at least watch our priests offer Mass for us while we cannot physically be there. For me, this is when it’s most obvious that Jesus is still with us, in the breaking of the bread. Like the disciples, we are grieving. But Jesus is still with us. He is walking alongside us in this dark place. He doesn't want to leave us, and He never will. And we can be constantly reminded of this in the breaking of the bread.