Follow-Up Sessions: April - Encounter and Listening
1. Do we talk to Jesus about our expectations and disappointments?
Illuminate: Luke 24: 13-35
“Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. 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, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” 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 Messiah should suffer 8 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 to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” 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 the bread.”
Delve into the Word
In the Easter stories we discover different ways to restore our faith in the ever-living God, Jesus Christ. Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we are invited to listen and share the Word of God in order to enliven the memories of their experiences with Jesus. Although they did not immediately recognize Him, they felt their hearts burn as they shared their experiences and the Scriptures. Here, we discover how Jesus is part of our history and walks with us, sharing our journey and concerns. We also recognize Him in the sharing of the bread and when we share our experiences of love and forgiveness with others. It is in this way that our heart keeps beating and remains alive. In Jesus, we find the meaning of our existence that leads us not only to speak of Him, but to give of ourselves so that His Kingdom becomes a reality.
In silence, listen to the voice of Jesus within your
What can I do to experience the living presence like the disciples of Emmaus?
What is my personal contact with Jesus like? What does that personal contact make you feel? Joy? Sadness? Encouragement? Surprise? Challenged?
￼￼Live the Word
What do I share from this lived experience with Jesus?
How do I recognize the living God in my daily life?
How can we awaken and revitalize our faith in the Risen One?
L / The disciples on the road to Emmaus renew their hope in the living God when they share the Scriptures and their experiences of Jesus.
R / Help us to be imbued with the Scriptures and to share our personal experiences with Jesus.
L / Despite their sadness, the disciples on the road to Emmaus know how to bear witness to their faith to those they encounter on the way.
R / Help us Lord, to not let us be entangled by our problems and to always be ready to see them in the light of your Word.
L / Our society invites us to forget our fundamental experiences and to take refuge in consumerism and competitiveness.
R / Help us Lord, to recognize you in the sharing of our lives with others, and to discover you in them through the sharing of our bread and the building a more humane society.
L / We ask you, Lord Jesus, that we not turn away from your Word, to keep the flame burning in our heart and allow us be touched and impelled by those who are witnesses of your love.