“Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” vs. 35
Cleopas and his companion (maybe his wife?) had a scripture tutorial with the stranger on the road, and then at their table, in the breaking of the bread, their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Those two elements, the opening of scripture and the breaking of the bread, have continued until this day as the central ways of making connections with the Risen Christ. It’s not that the bible or the bread are divine in themselves, humans wrote the bible and bakers produce the bread, but these are the means by which the Christ, who is the Word of God, becomes known to us. Together with baptism they provide the conduit by which God’s grace fills our hungry hearts. That’s why followers of Jesus regularly come to worship. As the scriptures are opened and the bread is blessed and broken, the Living God touches our lives with hope and a zest for living, and we are energized for service. We’re hard-pressed to understand how this can be and explanations always seem to fall short. In the end, it seems safest to just call the experience a mystery and then believe the testimony of our burning hearts. When our souls are fed and satisfied that’s really all we need.
Thought for the Day: What does a “burning heart” feel like?