The Paschal Mystery provides a pattern through which we may reflect upon and find deep meaning in our own lives. In faith, we know that death and darkness will always give way to life and light.
The disciples on the road to Emmaus were deeply saddened by Jesus’ crucifixion. It was as though their hopes had been killed on the cross. They could not bear to remain in Jerusalem. And as they walked, they came upon Jesus. As often happens in the Gospels, Jesus sought them out. Jesus showed them the meaning of his life, passion, and death, and in their conversation with him, they began to grasp the real meaning of their faith in him. While still confused and uncertain, they invited him to remain with them. Then, they recognized him in the breaking of the bread. With burning hearts, they hurried back to Jerusalem to share the good news with the other disciples. Their darkness and despair was transformed. Suddenly, they knew the hope of new life.
Like the disciples on the road, we all experience sadness, disappointment, and loss. It is in these moments that we most need to know God’s love. At times, we encounter Christ in prayer, especially at Mass, in the breaking of the bread. At other times, we experience God’s presence through the care of another. Not only can we place our hope in our Risen Lord, we know that he walks with us, as one who has experienced darkness and death. In his resurrection is our promise of life and light.
Article from the April, 2017, issue of Impact from Catholic Life & Faith