That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
Here’s an irony about God. He’s very easy to see if you’re looking for Him and He’s very easy to miss if you’re not looking for Him. Like the two Disciples in the Gospel on the road to Emmaus, they were so caught-up in everything that had just happened in Jerusalem around Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection that they didn’t even think that Jesus would appear to them while they traveled to Emmaus. Isn’t that just like us? We’re at work, a park, home, etc. and we’re so focused on ourselves and the activity(s) that we often miss the opportunity to look for Jesus in the moment. But, you see, that’s where God lives; in the “moments”. Jesus is always at our sides encouraging us and loving us (not just on Sundays). He sweats with us, hurts with us, smiles with us, dances with us, etc. He is always right there. So, how do we seek Him in all things? He tells us throughout Scripture to stay focused on Him and His Father – on things that build us up in Him. St. Paul echoed this in his letter to the Philippians (4:8) when he said, “Brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think on these things.” We lose focus on God and Jesus when we don’t focus on “good” things; when we allow our eyes, minds, bodies, and Souls to “wander” a bit. For how can we focus on God when we’re immersing ourselves in a life of Sin? But, how can we move past our earthly flesh (that is often very weak to the world) and be strong in Him? How do we stop sinning and get 100% focused on God, so that we don’t miss Him in the “moments”? This is impossible with men, but, with God, all things are possible (Luke 18:27). It’s through the simple acts of Gratitude, Prayer, Praise, and Confession that we start to “focus” more on Him. By obeying His Words in the Bible and listening to what He says to us, we can more-readily Trust in Him. In all of Eternity, God has NEVER broken a Promise – and, He never will. And, then, if we start Trusting Him more, it becomes even easier to protect our eyes, ears, mouths, etc. (our minds, bodies, and Souls). And, when we do, the Holy Spirit doesn’t just clean our Spiritual lenses and help us to see Jesus more – we actually start to “feel” Jesus more…in all things… And, that’s the Peace that we long for – a Peace in our Souls that only God can give to us. And, it’s a Peace that can never be taken away from us!