What image in this familiar story touches your heart?
What do you notice about the characters in this story?
sharing your response to the question with others!
THEME: When we share meals, Christ sits among us.
Gospel : Luke 24:13-35 (excerpts)
That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus' disciples were going to a
village seven miles from Jerusalem
called Emmaus, ….. And it happened
that while they were conversing and
debating, Jesus himself drew near and
walked with them, but their eyes were
prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, "What are
you discussing as you walk along?"
They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named
Cleopas, said to him in reply, "Are you the only visitor to
Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken
place there in these days?" And he replied to them, "What
sort of things?" They said to him, "The things that happened
to Jesus the Nazarene,…... And he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are! How
slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it
not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and
enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all
the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in
all the Scriptures. As they approached the village …... they
urged him "Stay with us, ... So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he
took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each
other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he
spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?"
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where
they found gathered together the eleven and those with
them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and
has appeared to Simon!"
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of
Question for Children: What is your favorite time to share a meal with your family?
Question for Youth: The disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread. How have you experienced Jesus at Mass, in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread? How have you experienced Jesus at meals and with friends and family?
Question for Adults: Share about great meals you’ve been part of, ones which are still memorable to you.