This past year and continuing forward, we have been experiencing two movements in the Church: the synodal process and the Eucharistic Revival. One writer has seen these exemplified in the Gospel story of Christ’s appearance on the road to Emmaus.
After the Resurrection, several of Christ’s disciples were walking and talking about recent events–the crucifixion. Christ appears and walks with them. They tell Him of the women going to the tomb only to find it empty. Jesus chides them at how slow they are to believe all that the prophets have spoken and he begins to instruct them in salvation history. At their invitation, He stays with them and it is at the breaking of the bread that they recognize Christ now fully present to them as He is fully present — the Babe of Bethlehem who died for us and rose from the dead — in the Eucharist.
News from the United States. The Mountaineer. Winter 2023