Road to Emmaus
Meet us, Lord, on the road to Emmaus, Guide us on the path
toward our destination, and renew our strength as we continue to walk
and commune with you.
Open our eyes, so we see
the signs of your presence around us; open our hearts,
so we may receive
your peace and love; and empower us to pass on to others the grace you have shared with us
~ written by Rev. Frank Schaefer
This weekend, we hear the account of the appearance of Jesus to two disciples on the road to Emmaus from Luke's Gospel. The scripture tells of Jesus walking alongside the disciples on their way back to their home after the devastating events of the crucifixion that had taken place near Jerusalem. Jesus patiently listens as they speak of their sorrow and grief. Jesus was visibly present to the disciples, but they did not recognize him.
Despite the fact their new companion was a stranger in their eyes, they felt they could share what was happening in their lives. The disciples sensed the stranger was trustworthy and had a sincere interest to hear what they had to say. They needed to process the trauma and sadness they were experiencing. Jesus doesn't interrupt them. He allows them to sort through and verbalize their feelings. He patiently provided a presence that allowed the disciples to express their emotions.
Among the many lessons from the Appearance on the Road to Emmaus, Jesus teaches us to be faithfully present and listen to those we are walking with. We are called to listen, give insight, converse, and reflect together.
The Journeying To Emmaus With Real Presence Listening Process
We are on a journey as a parish community throughout the Easter Season, listening to the hopes and dreams of every parishioner. To begin the process, take a moment to share your thoughts regarding the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that are present in our parish community at this time. Thank you for being on the journey!
This process is part of the Catholic Church's The Synod on Synodality, a three-year process of listening and dialogue. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.”
This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission."
Join us for Mass this weekend in person at 4:00 PM on Saturday, 8:30 or 10:30 AM on Sunday, on www.gbres.org/live, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MASSES
VIRTUALLY SUNDAY REFLECTION
We are all on a journey, traveling along life's road and meeting all types of people. Do we embrace the strangers we meet and invite them to travel with us? When we pause on the journey and focus on the person in front of us, we recognize Christ. Join Steve as he reflects on the Gospel for this weekend.
This Weekend's Bulletin
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Recent Losses in Our Parish Family.
April Town Hall
This past Wednesday, Rev. Marian Boyle Rohloff joined the monthly Town Hall series to discuss What Scripture Says About Restorative Justice.
Jesus said that we are to visit the imprisoned. What are the other ways that the Scriptures address those who have committed crimes? What is restorative justice and how can this vision of God’s mercy be applied to our modern penal system? Engage in this Town Hall Meeting, either in person or online to address these important questions.
The Reverend Marian Boyle Rohloff serves as pastor at West Moravian Church in Green Bay. A native of Racine, she witnessed the powerful organizing work of Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) as they brought the community together in prayer after homicides in the community. Marian has been involved with JOSHUA for over 15 years on various task forces and as a former leadership team member (president). Currently she serves as President of WISDOM and a co-chair for the Gamaliel National Religious Leaders Caucus. Marian also serves on the Police and Fire Commission for the city of Green Bay.
Auditio Divina Podcast
In this episode of Auditio Divina, Katie and Tony break open the song "You've Got A Friend In Me" by Randy Newman and explore how it relates to the story of The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus from the Third Sunday of Easter Gospel using a four-step reflective process.
Ruby and Res
Somebody doesn't always take direction well.