THEME: STAY WITH US LORD!
(Acts 2:14,22-28; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35)
The two disciples we see in the Gospel of today (Luke 24:13-35), were bewildered, they were so much at lost about what is going on; they were confused. The Lord is risen from the dead but they could not find Him. They were broken due the whole happenings, and they decided to walk away from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They expressed their disappointment on the whole events that had taken place. The hope they had in Jesus was high.
The feelings of the two disciples are similar to ours, in our present situation. We are in search of so many answers, feeling broken and confused. We have no knowledge of where we are walking to. The journey of the two disciples was a westward movement. It was a journey away from the rising of the sun. It was a journey away from the centre of hope. It was a journey of brokenness and hopelessness. The discussion of the disciples reflected this mood.
At this moment of near despair Jesus walks along with them, though they did not recognise him. They were so filled with sad thoughts that they could not think that the stranger was Jesus, the one in whom they had placed their hope. But they enjoyed his company and the words of exhortation and encouragement he spoke to them. This led to their request: STAY WITH US!
Dear friends in Christ, this request of the disciples, (Stay with us) should be our prayer. Let us ask the Lord to ‘Stay with us’, when He is with us, we cannot perish. The summit of the encounter was the breaking of bread during which they recognized Him. The presence of Jesus was so transforming. The disciples moved from sadness to joy. They were so overjoyed that they had to return to Jerusalem to break the joyful news (Gospel) to the other disciples.
Most of us today if not all, could have experienced the journey to Emmaus once in a while. When we felt like walking away. The times we face hopeless situations; brokenness. The times we feel abandoned by both God and human beings. We sometimes feel disappointed and wonder if God is still God. We could then have a tendency of running away from the presence of others and even the presence of God. Whenever we encounter such, we should remember that even the immediate disciples of Jesus experienced it.
Like the disciples, let us seek the presence of God. His word, spoken by the stranger to the disciples, enlightened and warmed their hearts. We can seek the presence of God by reading and listening to his word. God is present in the Eucharist. It was at the breaking of bread that they recognized Jesus. Let us cherish the Eucharistic celebration, during which Jesus is made present under the appearances of bread and wine. Let us spend some time in adoration of the same Eucharist. Let us not lose sight of the fact that at the time they invited Jesus to stay with them, he was still a stranger to them. And so we can experience God by our act of kindness to a stranded stranger or a hungry fellow.
In our moments of difficulty, hopelessness, brokenness and confusion, even now, let us not forget to pray: stay with us Lord!