That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further,
but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
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; and he vanished out of their sight.
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Lk 24: 13-17, 25, 28-33, 35
Have you ever had an Emmaus moment? I have. You can be talking to someone. You think you know them. Then they reveal something about themselves that makes you see them so differently it’s as though you didn’t know them at all until that point. Your heart really can burn within you, such a moment is so sacred.
But I can also ask, how many Emmaus moments have I missed? Times when if I’d paid a bit more attention, shown a bit more care, I might have recognised other sacred moments, instead of being oblivious to them.
Oh God, help me to be truly present to those I’m with at any given time. Help me stop my mind and heart drifting off to other people, times, places. Let me see you in those I’m with and cherish the moment.