I learned more about these verses tonight.  I thought I would share what I learned before I head to bed.

NAB Luke 24:13-16

13 Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from
Jerusalem called Emmaus, 14 and they were conversing about all the things that
had occurred.  15 And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, 16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. 

This represents the period of Inquiry. (Where I am at now.) It ends with making a decision to continue on with The Rite of Welcome. (30 days from now.)  After the Rite of Welcome…..

NAB Luke 24:25-27

25 And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!  How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!  26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”  27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. 

The Catechumenate/candidacy stage  During this phase, the Scripture and the Catechism is studied more deeply.  I will get to learn more about what the Church teaches, and why.  It is also a time to learn about Sacred Tradition, and tradition.  This stage lasts from October-February.  It leads to….

NAB Luke 24:28-29

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression
that he was going on farther.  29 But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”  So he went in to stay with them. 

The period of Purification and Enlightenment  This is the time to make the formal decision to join the Church.  It is a time of intense scrutiny and prayer about the decision to be made.  From Mid February-Easter.  It leads to receiving the Sacraments of the Church Baptism (if needed), Confirmation, Confession, and Communion.   It leads to the final stage of the RCIA process…

NAB Luke 24:31-32

31 With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from
their sight.  32 Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” 

Mystagogia- During this final period of RCIA, I will have the opportunity to reflect on the previous 9 months.  It will also be a time to look forward and learn how to be involved in the ministry and how to spread the Gospel.  It is from Easter to the end of May.

Easter seems so very far away right now.  I have a few feelings about that.   It feels like a painful longing.  Thankfully I will have plenty to keep me busy in the meantime.  Homework, work, this blog, my dog are all things I can focus on in the meantime.