A Broken Road

Today, in preparationf or Easter, we will read together the well-known and well-loved story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

The road to Emmaus is a broken road because its travelers were heartbroken, their hopes shattered. As we probably know, these two disciples of Jesus had decided to leave Jerusalem for good to return to their previous lives.

It’s understandable. After all, hadn’t they been traumatized by the events that happened to their Master? What’s really worth noting about this story, however, is that even before they left Jerusalem, they had already heard the news about the empty tomb, as well as talk about the Lord’s resurrection. But just the same, they decided to pack their bags and leave for good.

We all know what happened on that road, but let’s try to unwrap the gift that the story of Emmaus may bring us in our reading today.

Play this instrumental piece as you read the story of Emmaus, starting from the moment when Jesus, whom the disciples did not recognize, showed up on the road and began speaking with them. Remember to slow down and read the passage contemplatively.

Julian Lloyd Webber

Resist the temptation to rush to the next section. Go back to the passage, especially the parts that struck you, and ask yourself: “What could God be trying to tell you in these verses?”