The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two men who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The two friends were walking together, discussing the events of the previous three days that included the crucifixion of Jesus. It is recorded that a stranger joined them on their walk.
As the two friends shared their concerns, including their understanding of expectations regarding the 'third day,' the stranger began to explain the scriptures to them, how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and enter His glory after three days in the hands of political system officials who would subjugate Him. The illuminating climax of the experience was when the stranger took bread at an evening dinner location and said the blessing; then He broke it and gave it to them. At that moment the two friends recognized the stranger as Christ, but He disappeared. They subsequently rushed back to Jerusalem to tell their associates of this unique unexpected encounter. (Luke 24:13-35)
This chapter relates a modern recounting of the story for Christians. The 'Walk to Emmaus' program is an updated version of its predecessor program, the 'Cursillo de Christianidad' (Spanish for 'Short course in Christianity'). The current 'Walk to Emmaus' program is a three-day experience which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a life style. The author recounts his recent experience taking 'Walk' #213 in Gilbert, Arizona. De Colores!
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