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PARENT INFO: Jesus walks with two of his disciples to Emmaus. They do not recognize him until he blesses and breaks bread with them, just as he did at the Last Supper. The disciples are filled with joy, and share their experience with others they meet.
This Gospel tells every Christian’s story. Two friends of Jesus meet a stranger. They are sad, afraid, and confused because the one they thought would make Israel great, Jesus, is dead. Their lives have fallen apart; their dreams are shattered.
The stranger listens and then explains how Israel’s prophets said the Messiah would have to suffer. The two feel their hearts burn with new hope; they ask the stranger to stay for dinner. When he blesses bread and gives it to them, they recognize Jesus.
In the life of each Christian, things fall apart and dreams die. This is often when Jesus’ journey through death to new life begins to make sense. The Easter Jesus continues to walk with us always as the friend whose love we remember when we hear his story and break bread as he asked.
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