The story of Jesus joining the disciples on the way to Emmaus is one of Luke’s great stories, but we must see it is as more. It is as much a lesson as any lesson in a catechism. The Gospel uses stories rather than questions and answers to communicate the truths of our Religion.
The disciples were engaged in a discussion about the death of Jesus and about rumors that he was seen alive again. Why did Jesus join in their discussion?
Answer: He always takes part in our discussions of such matters. He silently nudges us to see the truth.
What did the disciples mean by saying, “We were hoping he would be the one to redeem Israel?”
Answer: The only happy ending for his ministry they could imagine was his conquering the Romans.
Why didn’t they jump at believing what the women said about the body being gone and angels there?
Answer: They were showing contempt for women and what they said. Naughty, naughty!
What sayings of the prophets should have led them to believe in the need for the Messiah to suffer?
Answer: The Songs of the Suffering Servant where the Savior was like a smashed worm, where he was like a lamb led to the slaughter, by whose lashes we are healed.
What brought them around to the realization that he was Jesus?