“The disciples told the story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus in breaking of bread.”
Monday, 19 April 2021
In the beginning of this past weekend’s Gospel text, we are told that the disciples went to their other companions and told them what they had experienced on the road to Emmaus. They told their story of encountering Jesus. They talk about it to their group of friends. The sharing helps them reflect upon what happened, process the experience, articulate what was meaningful and give it meaning. It was also, of course, a moment of witness to the risen Christ.
In our own lives, too, we have the experience of wanting to share what has happened to us with others. This is especially true if we have experienced something significant. It could be a positive or negative experience.
Human beings are engineered so that sharing with others, especially those closest to us, is an important part of living healthy psychological and spiritual lives. We have an inherent desire to share our stories and our lives with others.
Sadly, many people do not always feel that they can share or are not given the space and place to share. This is a challenge to our religious communities: how do we create spaces where people can come and share their experiences, their stories, and feel that they are taken seriously and really listened to? In as much as we want to be listened to, we too are invited to make time to listen to others.
Take time today to think about the experiences you have shared with others and how important that has been for you. Thank God for their presence in your life and for listening to you. Who might you need to make space for in the next few days so that they can share their stories and feel acknowledged and listened to?