As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Reflection from Serena and Sabrina Cargill:
This story takes place after Jesus had risen from the dead and before the Ascension.
Why would Jesus show himself to the two disciples and then disappear? Was it for a special purpose or to maybe show a cool magic trick. We don't really know.
It could be that Jesus wanted to show the two young people that even when they think he isn't with them, he's there. Maybe Jesus wants us to know this as well about our own lives.
When the walk was over and Jesus was going to keep going on his way, they asked him to stay and come for dinner. It's nice that Jesus stayed and didn't keep going. This is comforting for us.
It's also interesting that after Jesus breaks the bread and gives thanks, when the disciples learn that it was Jesus walking with them all along, one of them asks, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?'
Maybe Jesus is the one who opens up the scriptures to us so that we can understand them better. And sometimes when we read or pray, we can feel God's presence with us.
Another cool thing about this scripture is that Jesus breaks the bread, gives thanks and then shares it. Jesus always shares. We should try to be more like him.
Please share your love with us so that we know you're here for us and that you'll never turn your back on us. Help us to remember the things you've done for us when we read the scriptures. And as we read more of your Word and spend time with you, help us to share your love with others as you have shared with us. Amen