“Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures.”

The Emmaus Road story alluded to in yesterday’s post is given to us today (Lk 24:13-35). Here Jesus appears to two of His disciples as they are going away from Jerusalem on the Sunday after the death of Jesus.  Jesus, unrecognized by the both of them,  asks them what they are discussing.  They tell Him of the events surrounding Jesus’ death, but also that they have been made aware of the empty tomb and the announcement that Jesus is alive.  Jesus admonishes them for their unbelief and then proceeds to do what is in the headline.  When they arrive at Emmaus they urge Jesus to stay with them.  He stays with them until the evening meal, at which time He blesses, breaks, and distributes bread.  At this moment the disciples recognize Jesus and He immediately vanishes.  With hearts afire, they head back to Jerusalem straight away to tell the Eleven what happened.  But before they relay their experience, the Eleven tell them that Simon (Peter) already has seen Jesus.  It is quite natural to wish that we could have heard Jesus’ entire exposition on the Scriptures as told on that road.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a transcript?  Well, the fact of the matter is that we do have a reliable witness and guarantor of the fullness of revealed truth: The Church.  Study of Scripture (the Bible comes from the Church) aided by the guidance of the Church is a sure way to understand how the entire Bible references Jesus.  But we must read Holy Writ, Church documents, and faithful commentaries in order to become familiar with the love story revealed to us.  Then we can also say, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” (v. 32)  It is Jesus who is speaking to us in every word of Scripture.  It is also Jesus who established His Church to speak truthfully on His behalf with the guidance of His Spirit.  May we ourselves come to realize that same joy of the disciples on the road to Emmaus as we listen to Jesus Word and recognize and partake of Him in “the breaking of the bread.” (v. 35)

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