The Journey to Emmaus

JS2.3 Demonstrates an understanding of the events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection
CP2.2 Demonstrates an understanding of practices associated with the Church seasons

•   Jesus’ words and actions of love
•   Jesus calls all to follow Him
•   Easter and Christmas customs and traditions


•  Identifies in own words the importance of Easter in the Church year
•  Explains the message and meaning of Easter
•  Recounts the Emmaus Story

•  Explains how Easter is celebrated in Australia
•  Writes a report on Easter customs and traditions in another country
•  Compares Emmaus story with the Eucharist
•  Writes a poem or letter about Easter in Australia
•  Designs a poster on Easter celebrations or customs


Luke 24.13-35              The Walk to Emmaus


The Risen Jesus                        #638-655
The Resurrection: In Brief             #656-658



3 - 4 weeks


HSIE:             People and their beliefs


customs              Easter               Emmaus      traditions

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The Easter Season
The Easter Season or Eastertide includes the whole period of fifty days starting on Easter Sunday and
concluding on Pentecost Sunday. It commemorates the Resurrection, the Ascension and the coming of the
Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

‘The forty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or
better, as one ‘great Sunday’ … . The Sundays of this Season rank as Sundays of Easter … The period of
fifty sacred days ends on Pentecost Sunday.’ (Roman Missal, Liturgical Year, nn 22-23)

The seven weeks of the Easter season retain their uniquely joyful character as the celebration of Christ’s
victory over death and glorification.

Easter Around the World
The word ‘Easter’ originated from the old English word Eastre, (Eostre or Ostara). Some believe it means
the ancient goddess of spring, others say it was the name of the festival or simply another name for the
season of Spring. Which ever definition is taken, the associations with Spring are evident (especially in the
Northern Hemisphere). Long before Jesus was born, people in the Northern Hemisphere celebrated the
start of Spring when the days grew longer and became warmer. They had festivals and celebrations very
close to the time Christians now celebrate Easter. (In the Southern Hemisphere/Australia Easter is
associated especially with Autumn and water, ie. cool and rain.)

Many of these old customs have been accepted into Christian traditions. However the central meaning of
Easter for Christians remains - the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

‘Mardi Gras’ is a French word meaning ‘fat Tuesday’ and refers to Shrove or ‘Pancake’ Tuesday, the day
before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Pancakes are sometimes eaten on this day, before the
commencement of the Lenten season of fasting.

Carnival means ‘goodbye to meat’ because many people don’t eat meat during Lent. A carnival is a time of
feasting and celebration just before the start of Lent.

The Emmaus Story
In the Emmaus story (Luke 24.13-35) the disciples set out from Jerusalem to Emmaus. A stranger joins
them and asks what they have been discussing. They confess their dashed hopes as they tell the story of
Jesus’ passion and death. Jesus listens before breaking open the Scriptures in relation to himself and his
mission. He invites the disciples to renew their own understanding of salvation history and of his own
passion and death in this light. They continue the conversation, which culminates in the breaking and
sharing of bread (the Eucharist).

The disciples recognised Jesus and made life-changing connections between their own experience and
Jesus’ words. With new insights and renewed faith, they returned to Jerusalem, rejoining the community to
tell their own story of encounter with the Risen Jesus and of their personal transformation while hearing other
stories of the Risen Christ.

The Emmaus story is a story (or parable) of Christian existence.

The three main themes in the story are journey, faith in seeing and hospitality, which are typical in Luke’s

The key concept in the Emmaus story is the recognition of the Risen Lord. The recognition of Jesus gave
the disciples their gift of faith. This gift is given personally.

Christians today follow in the footsteps of Jesus but no two people follow exactly the same path, even though
they travel together, like the friends on the journey to Emmaus. Each person has their own personal path
which corresponds to God’s will for them.

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(+) Available from CSO Resource Centre
NB Resources in bold used in Teaching & Learning Strategies
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TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES                                                             RESOURCES
1.   Easter Around the World – Customs and Traditions
     *   Possible Assessment Tasks

     1.1       Write the meaning of custom, tradition, ‘carnival’, ‘mardi gras’. (C)         Advent and Lent Activities
                                                                                             for Children pg 96

     1.2       Share ways families celebrate Easter. Did all our families celebrate
               Easter in exactly the same way? What customs were different?
               Establish that, for Christians, customs may differ according to ethnic
               background but the Resurrection does not change. (LE)

     1.3       Write a poem about the Easter holidays. Include how it was celebrated
               as a family and explain things typical of Easter in Australia, eg Autumn
               season, Easter Show, etc. (LE)

     1.4       Read ‘Easter Around the World’.                                               Resource Sheet 1
               •  Locate each country on the world map
               •  Choose one person to respond to. Write a letter to them explaining
                  how Easter is celebrated in Australia / in your home / parish. (C)

     1.5       Research Easter customs and traditions in another country. Write a
*              report and present it to the class. (C)

     1.6       Design a brochure on Easter festivals/celebrations for tourists visiting a
               particular country. (I)

     1.7       Participate in Easter games, eg egg rolling competition, pancake race,
               Easter egg hunt, etc, to develop awareness of other countries’ customs,
               traditions and culture. (E)

     1.8       Make an egg tree similar to ones made in Germany at Easter. Write a           Resource Sheet 2
               procedure for making the tree. (I)

     1.9       Make Easter bonnets as done in countries such as US. Participate in a
               parade led by a person carrying a candle or cross. (E)

     1.10      Make some special foods eaten at Easter feasts throughout the world.          Easter pp 23-27
               Discuss their origins and significance to Easter, eg hot cross buns,
               pancakes, Easter eggs, etc. (E)

     1.11      Decorate an egg and give it to a friend. This is an Easter custom in          Easter pp 28-29
               many countries today. (E)

     1.12      Arrange for parents from other countries to visit class and explain Easter
               customs. (LE)

     1.13      Surf the web for ‘Easter’ websites. Survey other schools re Easter
               customs. (LE)

     1.14      Plan and celebrate Easter festivities from another country, eg dances,
               competitions, clothing, cooking etc. Present to or involve other classes.

     1.15      Explain that the Easter Bunny has been an important part of Easter  
               celebrations all over the world, but in recent years the Bilby has been put   Easter.htm
               forward as a new Easter symbol in Australia.                        
               •   Read story books on the Easter Bilby                                      bilbies/About_Bilbies.htm
               •   Research the Bilby
               •   Have a ceremony announcing the new custom
               •   Sell chocolate Bilbies to fundraise. (LE)

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    1.16    Discuss that long before Jesus was born, ancient people had festivals to   Resource Sheet 3
            welcome the new life of Spring. These celebrations were very close to
            the time Christians now celebrate Easter.
            Write a letter to respond to the editorial ‘The Meaning of Easter’. (I)

    1.17    Reflect on what Easter means. Complete Easter is... (I)

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TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES                                                        RESOURCES
2.   The Emmaus Story
     2.1     Present the story Luke 24.13-35 ‘The Walk to Emmaus’, the Gospel of        Resource Sheets 4 & 5
             the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A. Make overheads of Resource Sheet
             5. In pairs, suggest what was said at each part of the story. Share with
             class. (I)

     2.2     Write dialogue in own words to match ‘The Walk to Emmaus’. (I)             Resource Sheet 5

     2.3     Write a recount of ‘The Walk to Emmaus’. (C)
     2.4     Write a newspaper report on ‘The Walk to Emmaus’. (C)
     2.5     Present a role play or puppet play on the Road to Emmaus. Paint a          Resource Sheet 6
             long road as the foreground and have a house for the backdrop at one       Celebrating With Children
             end. (E)                                                                   pp 156-158

     2.6     Make Ektagraphic slides or overheads to tell the story of The Walk to      Breathing Life into the RE
             Emmaus. (I)                                                                Classroom pg 120

     2.7     Invite another class/other classes to puppet play, role play or
             slide/overhead presentation. (E)

     2.8     Imagine being one of the disciples and share how you might have
             responded to the news that Jesus was risen. Would you have tried to
             find Jesus? How would you have felt? (I)

     2.9     Compare The Walk to Emmaus to students’ lives. Help students to            Resource Sheet 7
             discover, Christians share an experience similar to that of Cleopas and
             his companion, when they celebrate Mass together and share the good
             news of Jesus’ Resurrection with others. (C)

     2.10    Recall a time of disappointment followed by surprise. Complete these
             •   A time of sadness or disappointment for me was …
             •   The feelings I experienced were …
             •   This changed to happiness when … (LE)

     2.11    Brainstorm and list as a class ways of bringing the peace of the risen
             Christ to others. Choose three actions students believe to be most
             important. Place a coloured dot next to each choice. Discuss the
             results. Select one action for each student to complete over the coming
             week to spread the Good News and peace of the Risen Lord. (E)

     2.12    Draw or paint ways of reaching out and touching the lives of others.
             Make a big book. (E)

     2.13    Sing songs The Emmaus Song and We’re Travelling With You. (E)              Celebrating Our Journey
                                                                                        Children Celebrate

     2.14    Explain ways of following Jesus. (C)                                       Resource Sheet 8

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UNIT 4: THE JOURNEY TO EMMAUS                              RESOURCE SHEET 2

                                EGG TREE
What you need:
• Small tree branch                    •   White or gold paint
• Vase                                 •   Decorations, eg eggs, bunnies etc
• Basket                               •   String or ribbon
• Modelling clay or sand

What to do (method):
1. Find a small bushy tree branch
2. Put branch into a vase and/or basket
3. Add modelling clay or sand to hold branch in place
4. Remove leaves from branch
5. Paint branch white or gold
6. Attach string or ribbon to decorations
7. Tie decorations to branches

           EDITORIAL                  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
     The Meaning of Easter           Dear Sir

  Today, Easter is little more         ___________________
  than chocolate Easter eggs           ___________________
  and the Easter Bunny.
  It is a time when shops sell
  a huge amount of Easter              ___________________
  gifts and foods.
  We are given two public
  holidays, Good Friday and            ___________________
  Easter Monday and of course          ___________________
  there is the Royal Easter
  Show – a carnival where              ___________________
  rides, competitions, exhibitions     ___________________
  and show bags are the order
  of the day.                          ___________________

  Is this the true meaning of          ___________________
  Easter today?                        ___________________
                      The Editor       ___________________

                                                 The Emmaus Times
                                                  Sunday 15 April
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That same day two of Jesus’ disciples          The two disciples, deep in
were going to the village of Emmaus,           conversation, are reaching out to each
which was about seven miles from               other.
Jerusalem. As they were talking and            How might they be feeling?
thinking about what had happened, Jesus
came near and started walking along            The stranger who is Jesus reaches
beside them. But they did not know who         out to these men.
he was.
                                             Jesus sees their gloomy faces and is
The two of them stood there looking sad      concerned for them. He reaches out to
and gloomy. Then the one named Cleopas       reassure them by explaining through
asked Jesus, “Are you the only person        scripture about himself.
from Jerusalem who didn’t know what
was happening there these last               But before he could do this, Cleophas
few days?”                                   and his companion shared their news and
“What do you mean?” Jesus asked.             problems with Jesus.
They answered:
“Those things that happened to Jesus from    Do you think the disciples listened
Nazareth. By what he did and said he         carefully to the stranger? Why?
showed that he was a powerful prophet,
who pleased God and all the people.
Then the chief priests and our leaders had
him arrested and sentenced to die on a
cross. We had hoped that he would be
the one to set Israel free! But it has
already been three days since all this

Some women in our group surprised us.
They had gone to the tomb early in the
morning, but did not find the body of
Jesus. They came back, saying that they
had seen a vision of angels who told
them that he is alive.
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Some men from our group went to the
tomb and found it just as the women had
said. But they didn’t see Jesus either.”

Then Jesus asked the two disciples, “Why
can’t you understand? How can you be
so slow to believe all that the prophets
said? Didn’t you know that the Messiah
would have to suffer before he was given
his glory?” Jesus then explained everything
written about himself in the Scriptures,
beginning with the Law of Moses and the
Books of the Prophets.                        Note the hospitality and concern of the
                                              two men for someone they thought of
                                              as a stranger. Their invitation was
When the two of them came near the            warm and sincere.
village where they were going, Jesus seemed
to be going farther. They begged him,         Jesus himself made no move to stay
“Stay with us! It’s already late, and the     and was clearly continuing on his way,
sun is going down.” So Jesus went into        so the reaching out and caring was
the house to stay with them.                  their own choice.

                                              Does sharing a meal together have any
                                              special meaning? (eg friendship)

After Jesus sat down to eat, he took          Eating together was a continuation of
some bread. He blessed it and broke it.       the reaching out, touching and sharing
Then he gave it to them. At once they         that had already happened.
knew who he was,                              It was only as Jesus took, blessed,
                                              broke and gave them the bread that
                                              the disciples recognised Jesus. Through
                                              these actions he revealed his identity
                                              and they recognised him by the gift of
                                              faith, the high point of the reaching
                                              out and touching process. The
                                              disciples’ identification of Jesus is the
                                              peak of their physical interaction with
                                              Jesus and also the end of it.
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but he disappeared. They said to each         The reaction of the men is interesting.
other, “When he talked with us along the      They don’t ask “Where has Jesus
road and explained the Scriptures to us,      gone?” or conduct a search for him.
didn’t it warm our hearts?”                   His physical presence is no longer
                                              required because he has warmed their
                                              hearts by his Word and by faith.
                                              Cleopas and his companion once again
                                              reach out and share their thoughts with
                                              each other.

So they got right up and returned to          Then they return immediately to
                                              Jerusalem (in the dark) to share their
                                              experience with the eleven and their
The two disciples found the eleven apostles   companions (more reaching out and
and the others gathered together. And         touching).
they learned from the group that the Lord
was really alive and had appeared to          The eleven and companions also have
Peter. Then the disciples from Emmaus         some news of the risen Jesus to
told what happened on the road and how        share. Then they listen to the
they knew he was the Lord when he broke       Emmaus story.
the bread.
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                            THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
Characters – Cleopas, Josephus, Jesus, Disciple
(Enter Cleopas and Josephus. Both are looking downcast.)
Cleopas:            Come one, Joe. Let’s be on our way to Emmaus. It’s no good
                    hanging around here feeling sad.
Joe:                OK Cleopas.      Let’s see if we can get there by evening.
Cleopas:            I can’t stop thinking about Jesus and feeling sad about all that’s
Joe:                Oh!    Me too.
                    Jesus enters
Jesus:              Hi you guys!      What are you talking about?     Why do you look so
Cleopas:            Where have you been? You must be the only one in Jerusalem who
                    doesn’t know what’s been going on in the last couple of days.
Jesus:              What’s been happening?
Cleopas:            You know Jesus, that bloke from Nazareth?
Joe:                Who spoke so strongly in God’s name.
Cleopas:            And worked miracles for everyone to see.
Joe:                Yeah, the chief priests and our elders didn’t like what he was doing.
                    They sentenced him to death! They crucified him!
Cleopas:            Our hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free.
Joe:                And this is not all!     Two whole days have gone by since it all
Cleopas:            And, and, and... the women have amazed us with the story that the
                    tomb was empty when they went there.
Joe:                In fact, they said, He’s ALIVE!
Cleopas:            But of him they saw nothing!
Jesus:              You foolish people so slow to believe all that the prophets have said.
                    Was it not necessary that Christ should suffer before entering his
                    glory? Haven’t you heard about Moses? Haven’t you heard about
                    Isaiah? And all the prophets? They all talk about a SUFFERING
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Joe:                It looks as though we are getting close to the town. We’re just
                    about there. There’s Emmaus up the road. We’ll be there in a
                    few minutes.
Jesus:              Well, I’ll see you round!
Cleopas:            Come with us.      It’s nearly dark.      Stay with us, stay with us.
Jesus:              OK.     That’ll be nice.      Thanks.
                    All exit through door of inn.
Scene II – Inn – Jesus, Cleopas and Joe are seated at the table.
Jesus:              May God bless this bread.         Now Cleopas, now Joe, take this bread
                    and eat it.
                    (Jesus gives a piece of bread to each of them.)
                    Jesus exits instantly.
Cleopas:            Where is he Joe?           He was just here.         That was Jesus!
Joe:                Yeah!     That was Jesus!
Cleopas:            We should have known him.
Joe:                Yeah, we should have.         Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he
                    talked to us?
Cleopas:            Let’s go, Joe! Let’s go back to Jerusalem and tell all the others
                    Jesus is alive! Yipee! Jesus is alive!
Scene III – Backdrop with a group of disciples painted on it.
(Enter disciples from right and Cleopas and Joe from the left)
Disciple:           Where’ve you two come from?
Cleopas:            We’ve just come from Emmaus.             But listen...
Disciple:           You look like you’ve seen a ghost!
Cleopas/Joe:        We’ve seen Jesus.        He’s ALIVE!
Disciple:           Simon saw him too.          He’s alive, all right.
Cleopas:            We know he’s ALIVE He walked down the road with us. He
                    explained the scriptures to us and broke bread with us. He’s
                    ALIVE. He’s ALIVE. PRAISE THE LORD. He’s ALIVE.
Joe:                Let’s go and tell this story to the others.
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Name __________________________


Describe things Jesus did and said to show love for others.


Describe things you can do and say to show love for Jesus.


      JS2.3   Demonstrates an understanding of the events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection

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