Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom
From the Office of the Grand Priory Chaplains
The Road to Emmaus by Chevalier Geoffrey Adams, KTJ.
Taken from the Gospel of St Luke:
Later on the day of the Resurrection – and not yet aware of what had happened that morning, two of Christ’s disciples are walking along the road to Emmaus, a distance of some seven miles, but it becomes the journey of their lifetime.
It is a journey that takes them from hopelessness to fulfilment, from disbelief to belief – and from despair to joy at the recognition of the risen Christ in the Eucharist. They do not recognise the man that joins them along the way, for their eyes are closed to the truth that is before them.
Jesus gently chides them for their disbelief and then proceeds to carefully enlighten them on the meaning of scripture and the words of the prophets, beginning with Moses. But it is only when the disciples have invited Jesus to stay with them that evening and when at supper he takes bread, breaks it and give thanks that they recognise him – only then are their eyes opened to the truth.
How often are we blind to the truth when it is right before our very eyes? We all walk upon that road to Emmaus, it is a journey of faith that we all take in our lives. But we never walk alone on that journey, for Christ walks beside each and every one of us, leading and teaching us as we travel along the way to our redemption and fulfilment. He is always there, ready to reach out his hand should we stumble or fall, or stray from the road that is set before us.
And so, Father, we give thanks and praise for the gift of your Son our Saviour – and we pray for our fellow travellers upon the road, especially those who find the way hard, beset with obstacles and who struggle with the difficulties of life, whose eyes are not yet open to the love and truth of Christ before them.
Many of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ are ill, and those known to us are in our prayers this week, and every week.