Emmaus Road Initiative, author and lecturer Gil Bailie chose to open with the words of Psalm 16, "The LORD has put in my heart a love for the faithful ones who dwell in His land." Quoting prolific author and Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar's Heart of the World, Mr. Bailie asked, "What language would (the Lord) have to speak so that the lost in their land would be able to comprehend what He came to reveal? He chose the language of the flesh -- an anthropological language as the vocabulary with which to retrieve our humanity..."
Mr. Bailie wove a deep personalism -- our "mutual ensemble of sadness" -- with his usual prophetic hermeneutic of the challenges and perils facing an ever-growing de-Christianized west. Mentioning the similarity between the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and present-day followers of Christ, he noted how tempting it is to stay in a slough of reminiscing. "They were reminiscing 'all that had happened' -- and this is on the Day of the Resurrection! But once the 'nickel drops,' (at the breaking of the Bread), Pentecost, say, and after, there is no reminiscing. It is all forward."
One can see that Mr. Bailie wants Christians to face the perils of a demoralizing post-modern nihilism within the Christianized west, and Islamic fascism without (at least spiritually), with a faith in the power of the living Christ to use what has been given us: the Answer -- Scripture, Tradition, the Creeds, the Magisterium. Use these, by going deeper into them and their meaning for the historical Now, in order to be the right persons at the right places to love and serve the Lord, and one another.
The upcoming nation-wide Emmaus Road Initiative meeting times and places are to be found here.