Now that very day two of them were going to a village . . . called Emmaus.
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
They urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened.
He stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
Excerpts from Luke 24:13–36
Our name, Emmaus Farm, comes from the Appearance on the Road to Emmaus. This narrative takes place in the Gospel of Luke after the Crucifixion when two disciples were walking the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were troubled and confused by the death of Jesus, uncertain what it all meant.
They met a stranger on the road and began talking with him. The stranger explained to them how the scriptures were fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus. At supper in Emmaus, they recognized the stranger as the risen Lord. They returned to Jerusalem, proclaiming the gospel.
Our Lord appears to us in many forms, often forms we wouldn't expect or don't immediately recognize. Walking with and listening to others, we can find our lives transformed, and our hearts set on fire with the love of God.
This passage of scripture encapsulates the most important focus of our ministry, the presence of God in all that we do. Emmaus Farm gives our student volunteers the opportunity to see Christ in new faces, and to return from their own personal Emmaus, ready to proclaim and live the gospel.