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The Road to Emmaus
The Archbishop Romero community is rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Catholic faith. In celebration of our Catholic faith, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board has chosen to focus our faith development for the 2014-2015 school year on "Exploring Paths of Joy," which is based on the Gospel story, "The Road to Emmaus." This also happens to be the theme for our Catholic Education Week taking place 3-8 May 2015.
The main theme, "Exploring Paths of Joy," was inspired by the work of Pope Francis in his writing the "Joy of the Gospel" and by the biblical story, "The Road to Emmaus." Simply, that we are all on a life journey of faith where Jesus reveals himself to us.
The story of the road to Emmaus is told in the Gospel of Luke chapter 24:13-35.
Two disciples are grieving, their hopes for liberation crushed. They are not ready to believe their friends that Jesus may be alive and so walk the road to home sharing the burden of their pain. On the way, they encounter someone who starts to chip away at the door to their sorrow, their disillusionment, and their fear - and opens the scripture in a way that leaves their heart aflame. They open their home fully to this stranger and invite him to their table, and in that action, in the sharing of conversation and breaking bread together, their eyes are opened to who he is and to his answer of hope. They learn that not even the death of a friend, injustice, the deep seed of loneliness or the many places of exclusion that still exist can withstand the power of the Resurrection and the hope that busts forth with incredible mystery of Christ's presence with us.
It is the welcome of a stranger that Christ is made known. In that kind of upside down hospitality that moves beyond charity to mutuality and openness to transformation.
The Emmaus story is rich with images of community life. It has elements of pilgrimage, of shared meals and conversations, of sorrows and joy, of the opening up one's home to the stranger, and of the passionate burning hearts.
Overall, it contains a vivid picture of life 'on the way' - walking alongside the resurrected Christ.
Our purpose as a faithful Catholic school community is to walk with our students, guiding them to live the gospels and the story of Emmaus. In doing so, our students can leave the Archbishop Romero community with 'burning hearts' for their future and for their faith.