April 22, 2012 12:37 PM

Two were bound for Emmaus Lk 24:35-48 hymn

James_Tissot_The_Disciples_on_the_Road_to_Emmaus_525.jpgIn the Catholic Church, each day we have a reading from the Old Testament, then the cantoring of a Psalm, then a reading from the New Testament and finally a reading from the Gospel of Jesus Christ (and to think some people think Catholics never read the Bible! But then until I went to Mass myself, I thought the same thing :)

You can find what Catholics are reading/listening to each day at the USCCB Daily Readings page (among other places)

One of the things I love is knowing that all over the globe, Catholics everywhere are focusing on the same scripture each day. Today's Gospel told the story of the disciples on their way to Emmaus, a powerful story of hopelessness and grief turned to joy.

Our choir sang this beautiful hymn - which had me in tears - and I could hardly wait to come home and find it for you:

Two Were Bound For Emmaus

Two were bound for Emmaus,
disheartened and lost;
all their hope for the future
had been nailed to a cross.
Love unknown then walked beside them,
come back from the dead,
and they knew He was risen
in the breaking of bread.

On the Sea of Tiberius,
when the night was nearly gone
and their toil seemed so useless,
not one fish had they caught,
from the shore the stranger called to them;
"Cast your net, friends, once more."
And they filled it to bursting,
but the net was not torn.

Then they knew it was Jesus
and they hastened in to shore;
bread and fish for their breakfast
from the hands of their Lord.
"O Peter, if you love me
you must care for my sheep;
if you follow your Shepherd,
then a shepherd you'll be."

When the road makes us weary,
when our labour seems but loss,
when the fire of faith weakens
and too high seems the cost,
let the Church turn to her risen Lord,
who for us bore the cross,
and we'll find our hearts burning
at the sound of His voice.

Anyone whose road has ever made them weary will hear the hope in that final verse. He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Art note: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road (Les pèlerins d'Emmaüs en chemin) 1886-1894. At the Brooklyn Museum.


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I love that picture and the story that goes with it. The Lutheran Church also has readings everyday, from the Old Testement, Psalms, Epistle and Gospel. I have a pray book with all the readings for the whole christian year.It is amazing many of the readings you have, are also in my pray book for the same day. We even have prayer beads for the Lenten season. I discovered that several years ago.I've watched the EWTN for all of the Lenten season. The one thing I cannot understand and I've been looking for the answer, IS...When receiveing Holy Communion why is the Priest the only one to drink the WINE [Blood of Jesus} Didn't Jesus say to Eat and Drink this my Body and Blood in rememberance of me?.....I love all the things you put up for the Lenten and Easter Season. They were all Beautiful.......Love Becky P.S. How's the Wedding plans coming?

Posted by: Rebecca Wold | April 23, 2012 5:59 AM

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