Today, we observe some sad and broken disciples heading to Emmaus to hide from the world. Probably filled with despair over everything Jesus had spoken to them about and now, they were even afraid for their own lives. They had to flee from Jerusalem where the people were not only hostile to their Master, but to His followers as well. After they accepted this vocation and over time their life took on a different meaning, they felt needed and were able to help the Messiah, but now Christ had died. They were now back on the old track and doing worse with their lives than before going with Jesus. They probably felt deceived because they had left behind everything for Jesus and had given their lives to Him.
Suddenly, someone says to them, "How foolish you are and how slow of heart you are to believe in God."
Why did the apostles not know Jesus?
Their eyes and hearts were trapped by their own unfulfilled plans.
This is the best proof of how easily we can overlook the most important things in our lives.
How many times, like the apostles, have we had a crises of faith?-- because our concepts and conceptions of God do not coincide with reality, and often for us what is of great importance is nothing in the eyes of God.
Of course, we try to believe in the Resurrection, we know His tomb was empty, but perhaps this is just the reality of our "drive thru service". Because I do not have the time to go inside the tomb and find out for myself if He is there.
The disciples knew Jesus only at the table when they sat down with Him, had time to speak with Him, and broke bread with Him. When it got too late they asked, "Lord, remain with us." We are also asking this of Him. Jesus is with us. He is with us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. But, do we have time to be with Him?