PODCAST | Part Four: Eucharistic People
In this podcast, Fr. Javier explains the symbolism of the Mass found in the story of the Road to Emmaus.
Throughout their journey together, the disciples listen to a “homily” of everything that had to happen to the Christ, especially regarding suffering. The climax of the story occurs when Christ took bread, blessed it, and broke it. The journey to Emmaus is structured in the same way as the Mass, with both a Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. When Christ consecrates the offering of bread and wine, the disciples recognize him and he vanishes. He is no longer physically present with them, rather, he is present within them, as their faith has been restored and strengthen through their conversion during the consecration.
In the same way, we too are walking on a path of conversion as we go to Mass. Christ loves us so much that he seeks to outdo himself in generosity — so much so that he raises sinners into children of God. He wants to make his home in us.
What is a retreat?
A retreat is a collection of meditations on a specific theme intended to help you to set apart a few days from your daily routine to examine your life in the presence of Jesus Christ: to see what is going well, to see what needs to change, to make resolutions and to begin again.
Suggestions for listening to the retreat:
- Read and meditate on the Scripture passages referenced in the meditations.
- Keep a journal: Write down moments from the meditations that strike you, as well as the thoughts, inspirations and resolutions that arise from your prayer and reflection. If you would like a guide to journaling, click the following link to download our Meditation Journal Page.
- Strive to keep silence: A retreat requires interior silence and exterior silence, which helps us maintain a lasting conversation with our Lord.
During this Easter Season, the St. Josemaria Institute brings you a five-part series on The Road to Emmaus, an audio spiritual retreat by Fr. Javier del Castillo. The Road to Emmaus is a story of conversion in which Christ opens our eyes, points us to the Word, and reveals Himself throughout our journey toward heaven.
We invite you to tune in to the St. Josemaria Institute Podcast every Tuesday from April 30 – May 28 to listen to the latest installment of the series.
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Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently serves as Vicar of Opus Dei in the Midwest (USA) and Vice President of the St. Josemaria Institute.