May 8, 2011: 3rd Sunday of Easter
On the first day of the week two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
They were talking with each other about all the things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. …(later)
When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. (Luke 24:13-16, 30-31)
This is a short passage from today’s much longer Gospel. The two people in the story were on their way to the village of Emmaus. Jesus appears to them as he has to other disciples after his resurrection. He joins in the conversation of these two disciples but they don’t recognize him immediately. They only know him when he shares a meal with them.
Jesus is present when we celebrate the Eucharist.
Every time you sit down to eat with your family or classmates, remember that Jesus is also present, even though you do not see him.
What difference does it make to have Jesus present at a meal with you and others? Keep this question in mind the next time you eat with others.