"Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called
Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each
other about all these things that had happened. While they were
talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with
them." (Luke 24:13-15)
The primary mission of the Church is to evangelize; "Go therefore and make
disciples of all nations". One of the greatest challenges for our Church is to
enliven our communities and leaders to bring out Christ’s presence more consciously
into all areas of life. The Emmaus story contains important themes of Christian
life: conversion, searching for God along the road of life, continual learning,
discernment, community, breaking open the Word and breaking the Bread.
The New Evangelization
Part of evangelization (sharing the faith with others) is catechesis. We spread the Good News by our daily lives. We witness to the faith in family and community, worship and service. We also spread the faith by teaching it to children and adults. The Vatican's recent document on evangelization sees the essential role of catechists and parents in passing on the Christian faith. It is more vital than ever. One specific recommendation of the document is to form small groups to read and learn about the Gospel. The return to the Scriptures is valuable for all ages at this time in our Church and our parishes where Catholics need to both return to the basics and start to re-build and form God's People from there. The Scriptures are a bridge to connect many things about being a Christian today.