We turn to Luke’s Gospel for his unique resurrection story. Two of Jesus’ followers, who failed to see him in
the breaking up of their personal hopes and failed to see him in the breaking up of his companions, will now
recognize him “in the breaking of the bread.”
As a “companion,” or literally “with bread,” is how Jesus comes alongside these two dispirited disciples.
Their heads are down and they see the earth without any hope for the new life they had sought in the
teachings of Jesus. As a companion he joins their darkness and gently leads them through their reflections on
We watch and listen to their sharing in the rising of Jesus as their hearts burn within them while they listen to this mysterious companion. He is a collector, a finder, and he has risen to raise both those who seek for him and those who take the road back to Emmaus.
We find comfort and great joy in watching Jesus compassionately go out after those who have their hearts and
hopes broken. It is so human to doubt and want to turn toward wherever our Emmaus hiding place may be.
They freely turned to their own tombs burying their frustrated plans and fractured friendships. Our selfchosen
tombs can be such comfortable resting places. These men are going back, and in meeting Jesus they
will want not to go back, but to return.