The Walk to Emmaus Report
These days everyone is very busy, always running around. We rarely stop to look around and appreciate what we have and who is with us. “The Walk to Emmaus” is scripture story that we can apply to our everyday lives, especially in these busy months.
In this passage, two men are walking and then Jesus comes to join them. The men do not realize that they have been walking with Jesus until he broke the bread. But after the bread was broken, Jesus disappeared from their sight.
Jesus is trying to tell us that He is always with us even if we can’t always see him. He is with us in our everyday activities and our daily lives. Jesus wants us to realize that He is in every person and everything that we come across. We need to always be on the lookout for Jesus because you never know when He will appear. Jesus can come to us in the smallest of things and the biggest of things. He can come to us while we are walking in a store or while we are helping others.
But if we want to be able to see Jesus, we have to be waiting with open hearts to receive him. We cannot see God unless we are waiting for him with love in our hearts and actions. Once we do this, we will see God in the little things of our everyday lives.
I experienced my own journey to Emmaus when I volunteered at the Angel’s Place Bingo Party. I came to the party excited to be with the residents and I was expecting to walk away with no more than a happy feeling in my heart. I left with much more than that. I was able to see God in the two men that I was helping. I realized that Jesus is indeed everywhere and in everyone.
I was paired with Peter and David. Both had disabilities that limited what they could do; such as recognize numbers and place bingo chips in their cards. When I first sat down, both men looked so excited and happy, but as the day when on, the smiles kept getting bigger with each pair of socks they got and every pack of tissue that they got. Every time they realized that they could place another chip on their cards, their faces lit up. Then, at some point during the party, I stopped for a second and realized how lucky I was to be spending the day with these two angels.
But, it didn’t really hit me that these two young men were indeed Jesus in disguise until desert was passed out. Peter had been waiting for desert for what seemed like the entire afternoon. He kept telling me how he couldn’t wait for ice cream. When his ice cream finally came, I expected him to devour it. Instead he surprised me. He made the sign of the cross and began to pray silently. Then after he had thanked God for his treat, he dug in. I asked him if he had just thanked God for his meal and he looked at me, gave me a big smile, and nodded. I smiled and silently said my own prayer thanking God for this wonderful experience and especially for David and Peter.
Peter surprised me because he made me realize that we do not thank God often enough, especially when we are out to dinner or are in public. Peter was God in disguise reminding me it ok to stop in my busy life and just pause for a moment before we rush along, continuing what we are doing. Peter reminded me that its ok to stop and appreciate what we have and what God has given us… even if it is only ice cream.