Thinking about the readings from today’s Mass I realized that it discussed the the most famous case of heartburn in history.
"Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?"
You do wonder after they broke bread and their eyes were opened and he vanished what they thought? Did Cleopas blame the other disciple for possible bad table manners scaring off Jesus? It is easy to read this passage and start to plummet its deep significance in light of the Eucharistic. You would have to think that these two must have wondered what the heck had just happened. Though maybe after having a long discourse in Biblical interpretation of Moses and the Prophets from God himself perhaps they had some inkling.
Though more seriously may all of our eyes be opened and that we recognize Christ in this awesome sacrament.
Each Mass is “Emmaeus Revisited” – only the good news is that Jesus is not gone from our sights but we have the wisdom to know that He is there in the Body and the Blood. The story is the same, though – through the Liturgy of the Word we are taught the prophecies, then through the Liturgy of the Eucharist we come to know Him in the breaking of the bread. The Emmaeus story is wonderful and I often remeber the verse when suddenly I understand something that God has been trying to tell me – was not my own heart burning?
“Did not our hearts burn within us…”
This is the scriptural basis of the widely held belief among Texas Christians that the eucharistic bread should properly contain jalapenos (jabaneros during Great Lent).
As a brand new Catholic, I am experiencing the sacrament for the first time. I am so thankful that He called me to His Church, and yet sorry I did not hear the call sooner.
Better late than never though, right?
Love and Peace
Maybe he disappeared into the bread. I think they realize him right after he breaks the bread, and then after they realize him, he vanishes. Is this a possibility, or am I too far-fetched?