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Jesus Himself Drew Near and Went With Them

“That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.” -Luke 24:13-15

The last day of the pilgrimage ended beautifully with the Road to Emmaus and Mass. During his homily, His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo spoke of how the pilgrims have been the other disciple that is mentioned in the Emmaus account.

On the day of the resurrection, Cleopas and another disciple were walking to a town called Emmaus when, “Jesus himself drew near and went with them.” The Bishop talked about how there are many times when Jesus walks with us, but we do not recognize him, just as the disciples did not. Often, we feel that we are alone as we walk, but this is not the case. Jesus walks with us, as well as Cleopas.

During this pilgrimage, we have not been alone. Jesus has walked with us spiritually as we have journeyed through the places he once lived in. He also continues to do so throughout our lives. In  the end, this pilgrimage has been a journey of discovering the Jesus who loves us. In drawing near to him, he brings himself close to us. In closing, the Bishop spoke of how the true pilgrimage is that of this world and it is in the Mass that Jesus draws near and walks with us. Like Cleopas and the other disciple, we discover him in the breaking of the bread. It is in the Mass that we truly recognize Jesus and prepare ourselves for the eternity that we will live with him in Heaven.

After Mass, the pilgrims were given a free day to visit the Church of the Resurrection again and the surrounding markets.