So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
|A well studied Bible!|
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What a thing it must be to have a Bible study, led by Jesus Himself. Yet, that is exactly what happened as Cleopas and his companion were walking to Emmaus. Jesus appeared to them yet kept His identity from them. He noticed they were downcast and asked why. Cleopas answered Jesus, telling Him things He already knew. That He had been tried and crucified. Cleopas did mention the testimony of the myrrh-bearing women but, clearly, Cleopas and his companion did not believe it. Then Jesus. slowly and methodically, went through the Torah and all the prophets and He explained how He had to suffer first. The hearts of Cleopas and his companion burned within them as they heard the Word of God. Later, He broke bread with them and, as He did that, they realized it was Jesus! Then He disappeared and the two disciples returned to Jerusalem to add their testimony to that of the myrrh-bearing women. Christ is Risen, they proclaimed!
O Lord, make my heart open as I read the Scriptures. May Your Holy Spirit open up the Word to me so that I can see Your Passion and Resurrection in the Law and the Prophets. How important it is to read Your Word yet, without Your Holy Spirit's guidance, then surely I will not understand. And reveal Yourself to me, I pray, in the breaking of the Bread, in Your Holy Eucharist in which You said, "This is my Body."
Happy is the man to whom the Lord opens His Word and Happy is the man who knows communion with Christ in the breaking of the Bread. Amen.