Eucharistic Readings for Wednesday of Easter Week; 24 April 2019 Easter
“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.” (Luke 24:30-31)
It seems the Resurrected Jesus did a lot of appearing and disappearing as he so chose. This lesson on the road to Emmaus is just such an encounter. Jesus retells scripture to them from Moses to their present which would include the kings and prophets, how God’s love and presence was always with humanity and how God came to them as Jesus. God took humanity, blessed humanity, sent humanity in their various directions starting with twelve tribes. This is the way God loves us. God loves us, takes us, blesses us, divides us in good ways and sends us off to do good works. Anything less is not Godly.
It is when Jesus joined the two of them at their table and conducted the Holy Communion that they realized who he was. At that point, he was no longer seen – magically, as he chose.
This four-fold consecration of the elements has been handed down to us from Jesus himself. It is God’s format. God takes creation and blesses it – says it is good. Then God divides the spaces of where various created creatures are to live, some in the waters, some in the trees some on the open plain, some in the mountains, and so on, and gives to each their own. However, humanity has the option of living in any climb and place where we can take love. Humanity has the intellect to manipulate conditions to suit the necessary living conditions required. So we, humanity, are taken, blessed, divided and sent to all parts of the earth to remember and proclaim the Creating Word.
Church is the same way. We gather, we are taken, we are blessed, and at the dismissal, we are sent out into the world, the divided world, to do church service, that is, model the love of God in all its divided places.
Jesus, like the angels throughout the Bible, does not arrive, but rather, appears. This means the angels, and perhaps Jesus, are already with us, but prevents us from seeing them. Jesus did not let them know who he was until he was ready. As shown in this chapter of Luke, “While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (Luke 24:15-16)
We have very limited perceptibility. We see what the Holy One wants us to see, when the Holy One wants us to see it. We, like the two on the road to Emmaus, are to see the sacred in the breaking of the bread. It is then that our hearts also will burn with desire. We repeat this “taking of the bread, blessings it, breaking it and giving it,” every Sunday in our Church. It is what Jesus did and what Jesus said for us to do. With this act we see Jesus with us. Thank You Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.