"He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them."
From the Desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook
Director of Religious Education
Theme: On the road to Emmaus
Scripture: When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31
When Jesus died, his followers thought that he was gone forever. They didn’t know what to do. They were very sad. They couldn’t see things clearly because they were so mixed up and upset.
Two of Jesus’ friends were sadly walking back to their home in the village of Emmaus when another traveler joined them on the road.They didn’t recognize who he was, but they began to talk to him and tell him all about what had happened to Jesus and how sad they were.
When it was evening they arrived at their home and invited the stranger to stay with them and have supper. They sat down to eat and when the traveler broke the bread and blessed it, something happened.
Suddenly they saw clearly what they hadn’t seen before even though they had been looking right at it most of the day. They realized that the stranger who had joined them on the road was really Jesus – alive and well.
After Jesus left them, they ran back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples.
Sometimes we feel confused and don’t see things clearly. When that happens, we need help understanding our lives more clearly.
Jesus is with us to help us to do that. He helps us to understand that God loves us and that there is nothing to fear.
Father, we are thankful that as we travel along life’s road, Jesus is walking with us, and that He will help us see and understand the things that happen in our life.
Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes,
repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life.
Or reflect and possibly journal on who can you talk to or what can you read when you do not understand the Liturgy of the Word?
Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:
The WORST Day of My Life EVER!
Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Kelsey De Weed
Copyright March 2011 Boys Town Press
Family Discussion: When and where do you recognize Jesus? Who in our St. John Vianney community reminds you of Jesus the most?
How difficult is it to recognize Jesus’ presence in our society today?