In today’s Gospel (Luke 24: 13-35) we hear the intimate story of two disciples on the road to Emmaus and their unexpected encounter with the risen Lord!

Just as Mary Magdalen failed to recognise the presence of Jesus in yesterday’s Gospel so, too, with these disciples as he accompanies them on their journey in today’s Gospel. They are so preoccupied with the happenings of the previous few days that they cannot see that Jesus is still with them.

Fr Paul says take heart from their experience, as their sadness turns to joy, when Jesus breaks the bread and they realise how strongly his spirit burns within them.

In this time of isolation, when we are not able to share in the sacramental meal around the Eucharistic table, we can still share our faith through the scriptures.

Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, when this time passes we will, again, be able to come together to celebrate Jesus in our lives.

For personal reflection today, Fr Paul poses these questions:
‘When have I failed to recognise Jesus at work in my life?’
‘When this is all over, how do we share the message that Jesus is alive?’