It is interesting to note that scholars have a very difficult time identifying the location of the village of Em-maus. There are at least three ancient locations that fit the description in Scripture by their distance from Jerusalem, the age of the location and the position on a road. I think that it is appropriate that we do not know for sure where Emmaus is because in our uncertainty, we can place it anywhere; in the Holy Land or in our own homes and churches, Jesus becomes known in the breaking of bread and in the wounds of his sacrifice. Both of these identifying features can be found in our celebration of the Eucharist. Each Mass is a participation in the one event of salvation; the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At each Mass, we hear Jesus explain and fulfill what was written in the Law, Prophets and Psalms. At each Mass, we experi-ence the suffering and death of Jesus, redeeming us by his sacrificial offering. And finally, at each Mass, we recognize the life giving presence of Jesus in the sharing of the bread and wine which becomes his body and blood, nourishment for our journeys of life.
The Easter Season is a special time for those who have received the Sacraments of Initiation but it is also special for us to reflect on how we come to know Christ and make him known to others in the breaking of bread.