Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Mass in Mass? | Jesus Walks Your Emmaus Road with You

Washington Cathedral 3rd Station: Resurrection "The Walk to Emmaus" by Rowan LeCompte + Irene Matz LeCompte


3 Ancient, Yet Fresh Words from Jesus

For many when they consider Jesus, they think of a religious building's space and all the negative, neutral, or curious things that happened there. After all, a service of worship, or mass for most people in Massachusetts, can be a bit of an odd, mysterious thing. 

Why do people do this religious stuff
like gathering together on a weekend
to pray, listen, and maybe even sing?

Why is it called a mass?
What is it for?

Is it just a tradition,
a means to brainwash a person
into a certain set of morals or sayings,
or a time to receive good advice for life?
Or is it more?

Three ancient, yet fresh words
– liturgy, ekklesia, and mass –
have helped me engage the questions above.

means the
"work of the people"
(John 6:29).

The Greek word for church means
"a public gathering of people
for a service to society"
(Matthew 16:18-19).

Originates from the Latin phrase
ite – missa est,
which means “go – you are sent out”
(John 20:21-22).

In understanding a bit more
of the meaning of these three words,
I have begun to grasp more of what Jesus
is actually inviting us to trust Him with 
when He meets us on our roads and 
we come cautiously, curiously, and courageously, 
to explore faith with Him and others.

According to Jesus in the story of the Bible, faith is trusting in the Gospel or Good News that God created a very good world to be with us in and to bring forth its potential. And even though we rebelled and invited in the selfishness, erosion, and destruction that we see in us and around us, God continued to pursue us and made the way through Jesus – via His whole-making life, death-defeating death, and victorious resurrection and ascension – to heal and save us. He came to restore everything that is broken in us and around us and to make all things new for those who put their trust in Him. 

So the goal of an ekklesia or congregation
that believes in Jesus
is to share the history and revealing of
the meaning of life found in this
 Story of God 
during the liturgy of each mass
in order to
remember, learn, believe,
and participate with God
in His good work of blessing
and transforming everyday lives

It's true. A service of worship with Jesus’ Church is a bit of a curious thing. But it's also full of a story worth sharing and living into

The Road to Emmaus by Daniel Bonnell

An Invitation for You to Be Curious

After reading the words above, if you have grown in your curiosity to connect with someone who can share more about Jesus with you, we'd love to meet you. Or if you're not quite ready for that yet, feel free to email us at and we'll respond.

Depending on your history or background, you may still be wondering why you're even considering Jesus. It's OK. Whatever your story, God knows it and He has been walking with you even if you don’t believe in Him. Why? Because that’s so many of our stories.

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus met two people who thought He was dead after being crucified, and they were walking away from any connection to Him. But He pursued them and met them where they were even when they didn't recognize Him. He walked with them, talked with them, and stayed with them. And when they invited Him to come in and eat a meal with them in the town of Emmaus, He broke bread with them – and then they realized it was Him. After this stunning moment (which included Him disappearing from their sight at that time), they returned to Jerusalem immediately (in the middle of a doubtful and dangerous night no less), racing to tell their friends that somehow death had been defeated and nothing would be the same. They experienced a history-altering and personally-transforming moment with Jesus, and then they walked with a faith, hope, and love that changed their lives and others. And when they shared this good news, Jesus revealed Himself with them and ministered to all who were present (see Luke 24:13-49).

We are praying for you
that you will also come to experience
this type of encounter with Jesus
so that you will know Him and
understand the great grace that God provides
for all who meet Jesus on their journey of life.

Many blessings of peace and presence,

Rev. Mike “Sully” Sullivan

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