Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?”
They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”
Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But 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.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They 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?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
At the heart of Ignatian Spirituality is the idea that we must always strive to find God in all things. Too often I find myself “on the road to Emmaus” in my life. I ask for the guidance of the Lord, but I am sometimes oblivious to his presence, even when he is standing right in front of me. Like the disciples, I am unable to make sense of the “empty tomb,” the signs and meanings that reveal God.
Where do we see Christ in our lives and not recognize him? How are we witnesses to Christ’s love and mercy? In this Easter season, let’s pray that we may have our eyes opened like the disciples did in the Gospel. In order to understand God’s will, we need to slow down and listen to the call of the Holy Spirit in all the corners of our lives. Let’s ask God for the clarity to truly see and hear Him in everything we do, just as Saint Ignatius taught us.
—Andrew Perz is a senior at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland OH.
Lord, grant that I may see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly.
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