A lesson from the Road to Emmaus

(Faith Enrichment)

Road to EmmausDescription: This bulletin insert or faith-building handout applies Luke 24:13-35 to the times when we feel like quitting. There’s an old cliché that claims, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” We should change that to: “It only seems dark, but the dawn has already begun!”

The journey of two disciples on the road to Emmaus after the death and resurrection of Jesus was a trip made too soon. They had followed him around to learn from him. Nevertheless, they still lacked understanding. Like Thomas, they couldn’t believe that Jesus had been resurrected from the dead. There’s a big difference, though, between Thomas and these two. Thomas stayed in Jerusalem to wait for proof that Jesus was alive; these two left town. They gave up on Jesus a little too soon. How often do we lose faith when things don’t seem to be working right, when all seems hopeless, or when a good plan turns into disaster?

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Ideas for use: Emmaus retreats, healing Masses, any ministry to those who are going through difficulties, bulletin insert during the Octave of Easter.

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Which PowerPoint Presentations cover what Sacraments?

An overview of all 7 sacraments is in the PPT
"The Nature and Function of the Church".

PLUS: The sacraments are also covered in the following PPTs:

Baptism - The Call to Discipleship
& it's further developed in
1. Confession: Sacrament of Healing
2. The Creed
3. Mission of the Redeemer

Eucharist - Christ's True Presence in the Mass
& it's further developed in
1. Life in Jesus
2. Who's Who in the Catholic Church
3. Confession: Sacrament of Healing
4. The Creed

Confirmation - The Sacrament of Confirmation
& it's further developed in
1. Salvation History
2. The Nicene Creed

Reconciliation - Confession: Sacrament of Healing
& it's further developed in
1. Who's Who in the Catholic Church

Anointing of the Sick is covered primarily in
The Nature and Function of the Church

Holy Orders - Who's Who in the Catholic Church
& it's further developed in
1. Christ's True Presence in the Mass

Marriage is touched on in The Call to Discipleship