…while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. – Luke 24:14-16
The disciples on the way to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus. The Gospels agree on this point, that somehow Jesus was different after his resurrection, enough so that made it difficult for his followers to recognize him immediately.
Something had occurred that eventually allowed the followers to recognize their Lord Jesus. For Mary Magdalene, it was when Jesus spoke her name. For the fishermen, Jesus comes walking toward the disciples on the sea (they think they are seeing a ghost). While casting their nets on the other side of the boat, John recognizes Jesus in the miraculous catch of fish. For the disciples in today’s narrative, Jesus is revealed to them in the breaking of the bread.
How do we recognize Jesus in our day? How do we prepare our hearts to encounter Him? In his Word? In our conversations with others (where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them)? In the Eucharist?
Today, let us take time to seek out the Lord Jesus whom our hearts long for, and when we sit in his presence, let us find our hearts burning within us.
May God bless you.