As participants conclude their Walk to Emmaus weekends, they are introduced to the concept of the Fourth Day — a symbol of the days of Christian pilgrimage that follow the three-day Emmaus experience. The Walk to Emmaus is a unique opportunity to reflect on one’s faith journey and make a deeper commitment to Christ. In fact, “the whole reason for The Walk to Emmaus is to make you a more faithful disciple and active member in your church.” (Bob Wood, Day Four) Thus, the Fourth Day is central to the Emmaus experience, as it extends each individual’s experience beyond the weekend and into life in the world.
In living their Fourth Days, participants are encouraged to continue to grow in relationship with Christ and live as faithful disciples in all of life. An important and necessary foundation for faithful Christian living is a vital connection to the Christian community for support, guidance, and challenge. This is most available through local church communities, reunion groups, and the Emmaus/Chrysalis Celebrations. Another way to be connected to the support of the Christian community is through studying the writings of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you are currently living your Fourth Day, you may find some helpful suggestions for faithful discipleship in the categories of Piety, Study, and Action.