The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two friends walking the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they walked, they shared their hearts' deepest concerns.
The risen Christ appeared to Cleopas and his companion. Jesus walked along with them, explaining the scriptures as they walked - how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter His glory. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ went into their home, where He took bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened and they recognized Him as the risen Christ. They remarked to one another how their hearts "burned within" them as they had walked along the road and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)
The above story provides the image for Emmaus,which is presented to its "pilgrims" to call forth and renew Christian discipleship. The Walk to Emmaus is under the guidance and leadership of The Upper Room. Like its predecessor, Cursillo de Christiandad (Spanish for "short course in Christianity"), the Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, congregations and the whole world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church.