In a homily delivered at a Polish parish in Rome Sunday evening, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus who did not know that the Risen Jesus was walking along beside him, and they did not realize that it was Christ until they invited him in to stay with them, and he made himself known to them in the breaking of the bread. “This Jesus, he is the Risen Traveller that journeys with us. And Jesus is here today he is here among us. He is here in his word, is here on the altar, journeying with us,” the Holy Father said. “We too can become risen travelers if his word inflames our hearts, and his Eucharist opens our eyes to the faith and nurtures hope and charity in us.”
The Mass at Rome's St. Stanislas Parish, an ethnic Polish parish, was held in celebration of last week's canonization of Pope St. John Paul II. “You, brothers and sisters, make part of a people that has been very much tried in its history. The Polish people know well that in order to enter into glory it is necessary to pass through the Passion and the Cross,” the Holy Father said, “and they know this not because they have studied it, but because they have seen it. St. John Paul II, like a worthy son of his earthly fatherland, followed this path. He followed it in an exemplary way. Are we ready to follow this path?"
Jesus accompanies his disciples along the path of the cross, the Pope said, where he will “walk alongside our brothers and sisters who are sad and despairing, and warm their hearts with the gospel, and break with them the bread of fraternity.”
The Emmaus Road is not unlike the faith journey which we ourselves experience. “The road to Emmaus becomes like a symbol of our journey of faith: the Scriptures and the Eucharist are the indispensable elements for the meeting with the Lord,” the Holy Father said. “When you are sad, pick up the word of God. When you are down, pick up the word of God and go to Sunday Mass to receive communion, to participate in the mystery of Jesus. The word of God, the Eucharist: these fill with joy.”