The Long Road to Emmaus

On the seven mile journey along the Road to Emmaus, the disciples came to understand all that Jesus had taught, that he was the fulfillment of the scriptures, that he, indeed, had risen as he said; and then they recognized him in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:13-35).

On March 16, Archbishop Carlson announced that all public Masses are suspended. As the hours, turned to days turned to weeks and turned to months we have all been called by God to look for the Risen Christ on the Way. Our Road to Emmaus may be longer than seven miles; perhaps longer than seven weeks. Yet Jesus will accompany us on the Way. He will break open the stories of his love for us; he will break open the stories of our lives and point to his love present in the midst of all of it. The disciples began their journey in fear, yet returned to Jerusalem on fire from what they had seen and heard, “they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where the…recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

I miss you. I long for the day when we will share the Eucharist in our beautiful church. In the mean time, let us trust that the slow work God has begun in us will indeed be brought to completion, making of us an evermore beautiful offering of “the body and the blood, the soul and divinity of the eternal Father’s dearly beloved son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world (Chaplet of Divine Mercy).”

We will continue our Procession with the Blessed Sacrament this evening (Friday) at 6:00. We will travel east on Delor, north on Spring, west on Osceola, south on 39th, east on Taft, south on Spring and west on Delor back to the Grotto. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

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