Today we hear the Gospel story about two of Jesus’ disciples who meet Jesus (without recognizing Him) as they travel on the road to Emmaus. He explains the Scripture to them, but they only recognize Him later in the breaking of the bread. “Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
St. Peter today reminds us to “conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning (this stopover life in our travel back to God)…” He tells us that to realize and understand that we have been saved by Christ’s blood means to act/speak/think/profess a Godly life. Our conversion is our GPS─our “Godly Positioning System.” If you are guided by God’s Word, fueled by the Eucharist, started up and driven by Worship for service of people, then you will arrive at your eternal destination. You will be guided on the paths and roads that we travel in life.
Like all systems, your GPS must be used on a regular basis in order to function for you as intended. It needs diagnostics and tune-ups in order to keep working well. The Psalm (#16) today says: “Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge…I bless the Lord who counsels me…I set the Lord ever before me; with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. You, O God, will show me the path of life…” Turn on and use your Godly Positioning System─your spiritual GPS─and you will arrive safely, and with assurance, at the heavenly banquet.