PODCAST | Part One: Searching for More
On today’s podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo sets the stage for a five-part series on The Road to Emmaus.
In the Scripture passage, we see that the disciples do not make it all the way to Emmaus. This is a sign of their own conversion as they were running away from the events they had witnessed. In their eyes, they were let down. Christ was supposed to liberate them from the Romans, but as a result of the crucifixion, their Savior looks like a fraud. In the eyes of these two disciples, Christ wasn’t supposed to die, he was supposed to win.
This Gospel scene challenges us to ask ourselves: Are we running away from something? What is our idea of salvation? Are we looking for safety or an “insurance policy”?
What you read in the Gospel “is something that you should not only hear, but live. Everything, every point that is told there, has been gathered, detail by detail, for you to make it come alive in the individual circumstances of your life” (The Forge, no. 754). Saints find their mission in the Gospel. We see so many people in the world today running away from something and trying to “escape” in sinful ways. Deep down, we are longing for something greater. Where do we place our hope? The Gospel story needs to be repeated in each one of us. Christ seeks each of us out and radiates his love to us. Are we willing to let him find 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.