On The Road To Emmaus
Reflections on the reading taken from the holy Gospel according to Luke 24:13-35
There is one final thing that should be mentioned from this Gospel reading, and it is this: After the mysterious stranger – whom we now know to be Jesus – has explained the purpose and meaning of God’s love by using Moses and the prophets, the two men say something very beautiful. They say:
“Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
For Christian men and women, this is perhaps the most important request we can ever make. For many of us, it is indeed nearly evening in our lives and the day IS almost over. All of us can experience a fading of the light as our own personal evenings come hard upon us. This is a darkening time when Christ seems far away and our hearts keep calling out to Him for His presence, “Stay with us,” we say. “Stay with us because I’m lost, or I’m losing it, or someone I love is hurting or dying. Stay with us because we don’t know what to do. Our lives seem to be on the verge of brokenness and failure. Stay with us because we don’t know who else to turn to. It is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
What I find so inspiring in this Gospel moment is that, when these two confused, grieving and frightened men recognize that this mysterious stranger is speaking directly to their hearts, they ask Him to please stay. Stay, because the darkness is overcoming us and you seem to have light within you.
If you only remember one thing from today’s Gospel, let it be this: That when they ask Jesus to stay with them, He does. He gives them His peace, He gives them His love; He gives them a grace-filled food for their journey. And he will do that for us as well. All we need to do is ask Him to stay.
The Gospel closes with them arising and rushing back into what they once thought was danger. But now, they have the light of Christ in them to dispel any darkness they might face on their journey back home. This is a message meant for all of us. He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”