Posted by: livingscripture | April 15, 2009


db_39-disciples_of_emmaus1From the Word of the Day

While he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.  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?’

(Luke 24, 30-32)


How should we live this Word


With sad faces and eyes incapable of recognizing Jesus, the two disciples of Emmaus walked alongside the Teacher without being aware of it.  Only when they were seated at table with Him and saw Him ‘breaking the bread’ and as they ate of it, did the opaqueness of their eyes cease.  Then they were filled with joy at the sight of Him, although the evangelist does not speak of it yet we can intuit it from the narrative.


How important was that accompaniment of Jesus with His disciples, revealing the Scriptures to them ‘beginning from Moses and the prophets’ in regard to Him and the mystery of His death and resurrection.  This is precisely what occurs during the Mass, at the Liturgy of the Word.  And when the priest consecrates the Host and breaking it, nourishes us with the Eucharistic Bread, then we are truly called to allow Jesus to touch us intimately as we lovingly adore Him.  It is then that the eyes of our heart are opened and we recognize that Jesus of Whom the Word speaks and that is now mysteriously present in us.  It is then that our hearts ‘burn within us’.


Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let myself be enlivened and questioned by this page that regards me and my faith experience along with the disciples of Emmaus.  What is my rapport with the holy Mass?  Has it become a habit that I live with coldness?  Or rather, is my heart attentive and vigilant at the Liturgy of the Word thus becoming a heart that is risen with Jesus in the Eucharistic Liturgy and in Holy Communion?  Do I remain in adoring prayer after Communion or am I one of those who is devoured by hurry?  I will acclaim with Thomas:


My Lord and my God!


The voice of Primo Mazzolari, contemporary prophet


The Scriptures refer to Him but even the little scriptures of our experiences are clarified in Him and take on meaning in Him.  Uniquely, Emmaus is the road of each of us because He is the ‘Way’, a way that continues even when I stop and I try to stop the Lord where I am stopped.


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