The story of the road to Emmaus is my story as a youth, as a seminarian, as someone who was called by God. It was because of this story that I was enlightened, encouraged to enter priestly life. This had been part of the program of the youth where I had my start. The road to Emmaus is what the PREX would use for their start, to remind the parishioners of their call, their status in life, of Jesus’ role, of their mission in life. They road to Emmaus is our story as a religious. In the community we are welcomed, we experience joy and pain, we are taught by the Words of God, we recognize the Lord in our deeds and we are always commissioned to go back and go forth to serve our communities and the people in our mission area.
I am just curious that the story of Emmaus speaks about of two persons going down from Jerusalem, walking, moving away, Jesus drew near at them, walked with them, stopped and the two immediately went back, community gathered, one, and celebration. The first reading speaks about of two persons, Peter and John, going up, drew near to the beggar and said “look at us.” And then he was able to walk, people amazed, went back to life, a life celebration. Two stories of contrast direction but same end. The risen Lord is everywhere, the Risen Lord can be found in different instances, whether we draw near him to pray and even when we ourselves go astray. Wala tayong kawala.
And so we ask the Lord the grace for us to keep and live up to who we are and what we are called for in this life. We pray that when others sees us, they will not be frightened… hoy hala anjan na si madre sige ka. We pray that Jesus presence can be seen in us. That life and love would emanate from us.