The disciples of Emaus were lost and discouraged and walked away from Jerusalem. They walked away from their faith, their experiences of Jesus, their relationships with Jesus. They walked away from their friends, the disciples, they walked away from the men and women who followed Jesus. They walked away. They were lost and discouraged and walked away. And guess what? Jesus went to encounter them. Jesus came to them. Jesus encountered them on the street as they walked away from him. After all that he did for them, they walked away and he came again to encounter them. They walked away and Jesus came and walked with them.
Perhaps you today are one of those disciples walking away from Jesus, but today, Jesus comes and walks with you and encounters you. This week Jesus is encountering you. Jesus loves you so much that he will never abandon you. Even if you try to abandon him, he will never abandon you. They didn’t recognize Jesus at first, and perhaps we don’t recognize the presence of Jesus in our lives as he works through other people, friends, family, creation, nature… today, let’s recognize Jesus as he walks with us in our struggles and on our journey. He loves you and he is with you.
Perhaps one of your friends is like the disciples on the road to Emaus and you are called to be Jesus for them and walk with them and show them that God loves them. Perhaps just by being with them, accompanying them in their struggles and on their journey, you are being Jesus for them.
This week and this Sunday, Jesus is walking with you and wants to share this meal with you. He wants you to know that whatever road you are on, he is walking with you and wants to bring peace, love and light to your heart. Amen.
If you need anything, never hesitate to ask me.
God bless you and your loved ones, Fr. Kramer Cameron, LC