Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

That same day, two of them were making their way to a village named Emmaus seven miles distant from Jerusalem, discussing as they went all that had happened.  In the course of their lively exchange, Jesus approached and began to walk along with them.  However, they were kept from recognizing him.  Jesus said to them, “What are you discussing as you go your way?”  They stopped and looked sad.  One of them, Cleopas by name, asked him, “Are you the only resident of Jerusalem who does not know the things that went on there these past few days?”  Jesus said to them, “What things?”  They said, “About Jesus of Nazareth, a prophet powerful in word and deed in the eyes of God and all the people; how our chief priests and leaders delivered him up to be condemned to death and crucified him.  We were hoping that he was the One who would set Israel free.  Besides all this, today, the third day since these things happened, some women of our group have just brought us some astonishing news.  They were at the tomb before dawn and did not find the body, but returned and told us that they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive.  Some of our number went to the tomb and found it to be just as the women said; but they did not find Jesus.”  Then Jesus said to them, “What little sense you have!  How slow you are to believe all that the prophets have announced!  Did not the Messiah have to undergo all this so as to enter into glory?”  Beginning, then, with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus interpreted for them every passage of scripture which referred to him.  By now they were next to the village to which they were going, and Jesus acted as if he were going farther.  But they pressed him.  “Stay with us.  It is nearly evening – the day is practically over.”  So Jesus went in to stay with them.  When he had sat down with them to eat, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus, who immediately vanished from their sight.  They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning inside us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?”  They got up immediately and returned to Jerusalem, where they found the Eleven and the rest of the company assembled.  They were greeted with, “Jesus has been raised!  It is true!  Jesus has appeared to Simon!”  Then they recounted what had happened on the road and how they had come to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread.

The Good News as spoken through Luke.

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