The Gospel story of the Road the Emmaus is one of my favorites from St. Luke (Luke 24:13-35), for a number of reasons.  The personal aspect of the disciple’s encounter with Jesus is perhaps the most important.  The encounter is real, not some vision or intellectual thought.  In the encounter Jesus does three things: 1) He talks to his disciples 2) He teaches about sacred scripture, and His teaching is such that the disciples’ hearts were burning, 3) Jesus celebrates again the new and eternal covenant with them and gives them grace in the Sacrament of Holy Communion (the breaking of the bread).  Prayer is a communication with a living God, they spoke to and listened to a resurrected, living Jesus.  Our prayer today as Christians is the same as it was 2000 years ago, talking with Jesus, reading/learning the Bible, and participating in the breaking of the bread every Sunday (or even daily) in the Liturgy of the Mass.

Road to Emmaus

After doing these same three thing the Disciples on the road to Emmaus did, we then need to go tell others about our personal encounter with Jesus.