One of my favorite Easter day, resurrection stories is when Jesus appears to Cleopas and his friend while they’re walking to Emmaus, a town outside of Jerusalem (Luke 24:13-35). The friends don’t recognize Jesus at first, and think he’s visiting Jerusalem for the Passover. In fact, they’re taken aback that this stranger has not heard of what happened over the last few days: “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
Jesus, disguised and sensing their disconsolate sadness, scolds them for their disbelief and then begins to interpret to them everything written about him in the Scriptures beginning with Moses. But it isn’t until Jesus sits with them at table and breaks bread that they recognize him. “When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him” (30-31).
That whole time of walking and talking with Jesus and they didn’t recognize him. But, when, just as he had at the feeding of the 5,000, and the night he was handed over to suffering and death, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it. And their eyes were opened.
This same pattern of “take, break, bless, and give” is present in our communion prayer each Sunday evening. And each time we celebrate this Supper, we’re invited to see the risen Christ afresh and anew. And, we’re invited to see this created world as part of God’s new creation, caught up in Christ’s resurrection, the hope of glory for every living thing.
Join us this Sunday as we walk more deeply in Christ’s resurrection and look at this beautiful story of encounter of the risen Christ.