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Taking The Biblical Road

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Taking The Biblical Road

In the encounter with the disciples of
Emmaus, “€œthere is the entire destiny of the Church”€ which “€œis not enclosed
within a fortified citadel, but rather journeys along its most essential
environment; the road”€. Pope Francis recalled this evangelical moment in his
catechesis at the General Audience in Saint Peter”€™s Square on Wednesday, 24

Referring to the “€œscenario”€ of the road, he
explained that, “€œthere, it encounters people, with their hopes and
disappointments, burdensome at times. The Church listens to everyone”€™s stories
as they emerge from the treasure chest of personal conscience, in order to then
offer the Word of Life, the witness of love, a love that is faithful until the
end. And thus the hearts of people reignite with hope”€.

This is what happened to the disciples on
the road to Emmaus. “€œThey are walking; disappointed, sad, convinced that they
are leaving behind them the bitterness of an event which ended badly”€. The two
men, in fact, had been “€œnurturing a uniquely human hope which was now falling
to pieces. That Cross raised on Calvary
was the most eloquent sign of a defeat they had not foreseen”€.

The encounter with Jesus, on the other hand,
marks the beginning of a true “€œtherapy of hope”€. The Lord “€œasks and listens”€,
then speaks “€œthrough the Scriptures”€. He repeats “€œthe fundamental gesture of
every Eucharist: he takes bread, blesses it, breaks it and gives it”€. This
“€œseries of gestures”€ becomes “€œthe symbol of what the Church should be”€. In
fact, he “€œtakes us, blesses us, “€œbreaks”€ our life “€¦ and offers it to others”€.

“€œWe have all had difficult moments in life,
dark moments in which we walked in sadness, pensive, without horizons with only
a wall before us. And Jesus is always beside us, to warm our hearts. The secret
of the road that leads to Emmaus is simply this: despite appearances to the
contrary, we continue to be loved and God will never stop loving us”€. The Pope assured the faithful that “€œGod will walk with us always, always even in the most painful moments, even in the worst moments, even in moments of defeat. That is where the Lord is. And this is our hope”€.


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