This week’s Gospel is about the road to Emmaus. In it, the story recounts how two of the disciples were walking towards Emmaus after the death of Jesus when he actually appears and walks with them without them recognising him.
This parallels our lives where if we ever felt that we are alone in this world. We should take comfort that Jesus is there by our side. We may not physically see or hear him, but he goes with us into the deepest places in our lives together with us.
He explains the scriptures to the two of them along the way and this signifies the importance of knowing the word of God. Holy scripture is not merely someone’s historical account or some wishful storytelling. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit to leave us instructions, sort of like a guide to life. There is a common joke on how B.I.B.L.E. stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
Finally, they begin to be aware of Jesus only when he breaks the bread with them. This also signifies the importance of the Eucharist, and how this sacrament leads us to Jesus.
By being aware that Jesus walks with us in our journey of life, and how he leaves us with holy scripture and the sacrament of the eucharist, we can take comfort that he guides us on our journey home to him.
If only we can see it.