13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Luke 24:13-35 New International Version (NIV)
Own interpretation (Sr. Agnes)
Cleophas and the other disciple left Jerusalem in the early morning, and they go down into the shadows, like the darkness that invades their hearts too. They have just lost the one who gave them a reason to hope, the one with whom they had eaten and drunk, the one they had heard the Word of life. They had not really realized the intense happiness of seeing Jesus, being close to him and loving him. They have just been snatched away from this light: the Master with a sweet and humble heart has been delivered by one of his disciples, condemned to death by the high priests of Jerusalem, and crucified between two highway robbers.
Jesus approached and walked with them ...
but their eyes could not recognize him. The stranger then explains to them the scriptures, from Moses to the prophets, interprets their hidden meaning, revealing his filigree Face behind the commandments of the Law, the calls of the Psalms, and the cries of the prophets inviting conversion. This voice of the good Shepherd is familiar to them, they recognize it, but can not yet identify it …
Then their eyes opened
It is when he breaks their bread that they recognize the one whom their heart loved. Their eyes then open on a revelation, that of the glory of the risen Christ, a source of unspeakable consolation. At the heart of a place charged with a painful and violent history, comes the final victory of Life over death. Peace is restored to the disciples, who immediately returns to the holy city, their heart all burning with the fire of the Spirit whom they have just received from the Risen One.
Who is Cléophas's companion?
Several answers have been proposed ... According to Origen, the second disciple would be the son of Cléophas, future bishop of Jerusalem. Others say it would be Luke, since he tells this story. The place is perhaps also left free by design: everyone is thus called to enter into this story, to pass from death to the Resurrection, from despair to consolation, by welcoming the light of Christ. Others finally propose that Cléophas walked with his wife, and that the two disciples would be a couple. Thus, at the beginning of the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection, the man and the woman open their eyes not on their nakedness as in the garden of the beginning, but on the certainty of the new life which is given to them: Christ has conquered the death and sin, he is resurrected to share his new life, and humanity is redeemed forever.
But he disappeared from their eyes ...
The story of Emmaus ends without end, with an opening on the infinite: hardly recognized, the Risen disappears ... and the disciples could neither grasp it nor hold it back. Mary Magdalene had the same experience at the tomb: she recognizes her Master, wants to seize ... and he escapes: "Do not hold me" (Jn 20, 17). The garden of Jerusalem evokes that of the Song of Songs: the bride seeks there "the one whom her heart loves", she seeks him with all her means, with all her heart ... and when she finds him, she says to him: "Flee, my beloved "(Ct 8,14). It is on this verse that this book ends at the heart of the Scriptures.
An invitation to travel
Christ bears all the Scripture in him, he is the Word made flesh, which must be constantly scrutinized and searched, which is allowed to be found ... only to be better sought. The message of Emmaus is an invitation to travel in the scriptures, looking for the One whom our heart loves.
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