The Road to Emmaus

This week at Companions, our study revolved around the story of the Road to Emmaus.


We read the passage below, and paid attention to the verbs of the story to draw parallels to it and our own community.


Emmaus Road
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning 23and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, 29 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. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Here’s what we did:


Activity #1 – Emmaus Road


This is the simple reading of the story of the Emmaus Road.  I find this story very connective to the ideas of our group, as it’s about some people traveling together, talking, wondering, and asking questions about God on the journey.  Christ is there with them, and at different times in the story, they either don’t know it, or are clear about it.  They become aware of spiritual sensations within themselves, and share a holy meal together, in the presence of the Christ.  It speaks a lot to me about how we journey together as Companions on the Way.


There’s a style of reading scripture that reminds us our faith is active, and asks us to pay particular attention to the verbs of a story.  For the activity, after reading the story, together, identify each of the verbs and ask how you see it relating to who we are as Companions on the Way.

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