To the parishioners of St. Philip Neri Parish, sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints –

“Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.

“The Road to Emmaus” … should really be called  “The Road back to Jerusalem”

Experience seems to confirm for us that all sorrows and tragedies can be bourne if we have someone who is willing to listen to our story. The two disciples, walking on the road to Emmaus, has a very sad story to tell. The death of Jesus had plunged them into gloom. All their hopes and dreams for the “long-awaited Messiah” had been reduced to rubble … and they were walking away from it all. A humiliated, crucified Messiah! It was impossible! It was unthinkable!

And then it happened … again. Jesus joins them “as a stranger”, open to listen and patiently accept their deep-seeded plight. Only when the disciples had finished did Jesus begin to talk. Jesus took up the story where they had left off; he opened their minds to a new way of looking at the Scriptures. He described to them how all the prophets had foretold that the Messiah would suffer and die, and thus, enter into glory.

Their story is “our story” – no one can attain the “glory of God” except through sacrifice and suffering. May our Easter journey be an opportunity for each of us to live: the Way, the Truth and the Life. The death of Jesus, far from being the end of the dream, was precisely the way in which we can live the fullness of today, so as to enjoy the fullness of Eternal Life.

The challenge for each of us is not to walk away from “the Source of Life” (the graces of the Risen Lord), but to quickly return to Jerusalem – “There they found the twelve and their companions gathered together. These were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon! Then the two disciples told them what had happened on the road, and how the Lord had been known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (Luke 24: 34-35)

May we live truly live today as Resurrection people … as we recognize our Risen Lord “in the breaking of the bread”.

Praise be Jesus Christ … and Mary Immaculate

St. Philip Neri … pray for us

St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us

St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray for us

God is good … all the time.

Fr. Mike Dechant OMI