Eucharistic Readings for Wednesday of Easter Week: All Years
“But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 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.” (Luke 24: 29 – 31)
Our Lord Jesus walks up and asks what was going on. The two on the road are taken aback by this unrecognized person’s ignorance. Only to discover this person knows much more than they do in terms of the destiny of Jesus. To quote Paul Harvey, “now they know, the rest of the story.” In telling the story Jesus starts with Moses. And he ends with what they knew, that the Messiah was crucified, died, and has been seen alive.
As it was getting late, they invite this “stranger” to their house for a meal and shelter. The stranger accepts. It was at the table that they come to realize that this stranger is in fact Jesus Himself. They recognize him in the manner in which he performs his sacred ritual; he takes, blesses, breaks and gives the bread. This is the same thing our Lord Jesus did with his disciples; he took them in, blessed them with teaching, preaching and healing; split them up into pairs like these two we meet on the road to Emmaus. And now has given us to the world at large to continue His work of teaching, preaching and healing to the best of our ability. So now our eyes too are opened and our hearts burning within us as we are also sent to make people aware of the prophecy of the scriptures, the fulfillment of the destiny of our Lord Jesus.
Today our eyes should be opened in order that we might recognize our Lord in the world today. While we are experiencing dark times with this Covid 19, sickness and death do not win. There is a resurrection in Christ Jesus. As the darkness of this Covid 19 approaches it is our duty also to invite Jesus into our hearts and homes and have that ritualistic and intimate meal with our family. We are not to lose faith but rather really feel our heart’s desire for the presence of Jesus as did these two we read about while on their way to Emmaus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John