To mark today's Gospel, the Station Church today is the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles. The two disciples rush back from Emmaus to meet with the gathered apostles, and then the Lord enters into their midst: most of them see the Risen Lord for the first time. They are afraid - is this a ghost? Jesus calms their fears and asks for something to eat - this is no ghost - the Lord has risen. They are the witnesses, and they must now preach what they have seen and heard to all nations beginning in Jerusalem.
Our first reading reveals Peter and John fulfilling this task. They healed the crippled man, but that is only a sign, the Gospel is more important, the death and resurrection is more important - this is what heals the soul, heals humanity, restores us. We are brought to our senses, we are restored, we become truly human in the presence of Jesus Christ, drinking from his Paschal Mystery, living the life he offers us.