Robert Zünd, The Way to Emmaus, 1877, St. Gallen Museum of art.

The disciples drew near to the village to which they were going. Jesus appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. (Luke 24:28-29) 

Amid the uncertainty and worry of this unprecedented time, the presence of the Risen Lord remains constant.

On that first Easter afternoon, the Risen Lord encountered two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  They felt isolated, were weighed down by despair, and were suffering a real crisis of faith.  He invited them to share their pain and doubt with Him, and then restored their faith in God’s promises.  He rekindled their faith, deepened their understanding, and set their hearts on fire.  At their earnest invitation, He made Himself at home with them, and revealed His presence to them in the Breaking of the Bread.

Although this worldwide health crisis is separating us from one another, from our family and friends, and even from the sacraments, the Lord Jesus has made us one by His Resurrection.  This Easter, may you encounter Him in the midst of the burdens you carry, and receive His consolation. May the saving word of His passion, death and resurrection set your hearts on fire and deepen your confidence that God keeps His promises.  May your homes and your hearts become temples where the Risen Lord may dwell and reveal His presence.

May we proclaim with one voice, together with His disciples and His most holy Mother: “The Lord has risen indeed!  Alleluia!”

Father Philip G. Bochanski
and the staff of the Courage Office