We all know well the story of the Road to Emmaus. Two disciples leave Jerusalem discouraged because Jesus had failed in their expectations of him. Even though they heard that some of their members had proof of Jesus’ resurrection, they were not buying it, and they left town. Then a man came along, and they unburdened themselves to him, and he then explained what the Scriptures had to say about the Messiah. They ask him to stay on with him and, as he breaks bread, they recognize him, and their hearts warm. He disappears, but they are now filled with enthusiasm, return to Jerusalem and tell the others what they had experienced.
Even within the joy of Easter, we are fearful and anxious. A global pandemic has sickened and killed millions. It has caused the interruption of commerce, with increased unemployment and food shortages. In our country and in so many places throughout the world, there is great political and social polarization. Immigrants and refugees continue to search the world for a place of freedom and hope, often to no avail, as they end up in dead-end crowded refugee centers.
Many cry out in despair, “Where is God in all of this?” Where is God? We are, or ought to be, the presence of God. We have experienced Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Our hearts should be burning with this indwelling presence. We need to be the hands, the feet, and the voices of hope and consolation. In the public discourse, we need to be on the side of the marginalized, the hungry, the homeless, the violated, the refugees, the unemployed. Jesus, whom we recognized in the breaking of bread, has identified himself with them. Just as he was broken and poured out, we are called to that same self-emptying service.
Let Us Pray:
You have risen! Alleluia! We are now your presence on this earth. Give us the grace of resurrected hope and courage so that we might return to the Jerusalem of our time to announce the Good News that you are always with us. Amen.
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