One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

April 27, 2011

For Wednesday of the Octave of Easter

Luke 24:13-35

Emmaus may have been the home of Cleopas and his fellow disciple.
At least it was their goal to spend the night in Emmaus after leaving Jerusalem.
The Gospel testifies that as they drew near to Emmaus they thought the Lord Jesus, whom they did not recognize, was going on farther.
They stopped him, and asked him to stay with them in Emmaus for the night.
He would be their guest, and they would share their lodging or home with him.
Their mysterious road companion had made their hearts burn within them with his unfolding of the meanings of all the old Holy Writings that dealt with the Anointed One.
Now Cleopas and the other disciple wanted to host him as their guest.
This was thoughtful and kind of them, since night was drawing near.
However, surely they hoped also that he would go on speaking.
“So he went in to stay with them.”
By custom, the host was to take a place at the head of the table, break the bread, and give a share to the guest.
Not today, though!
The mysterious guest in Emmaus failed to act as a guest.
He went against custom.
He took over.
He, their guest, broke the bread for them.
In doing this, he overturned their relationships, making himself the host, the householder, the master, and making them his guests and followers.
Cleopas and his fellow disciple recognized in the takeover that before them was their master, no longer dead, but wondrously alive.
Let this be a lesson for us.
If we want him to warm our hearts within us, let us ask the Risen Anointed One to open the Scriptures for us.
Even more, let us invite him to stay with us in the darkness that befalls the world.
Let us invite him to take over our lives— to take over, overturn, and break our old customs of sin— so that we may know him in the breaking of the bread.

That God Be Glorified in All