In my last blog I talked about the journey to Emmaus! In particular, we illustrated this scripture…
And then we paired it with this excellent artwork:
A lovely scene, right?
But of course, this was only the first part of the scene! The scripture continues on…
Isn’t that amazing? They see Him as He is breaking the bread!
And so, when I stumbled across this painting of the Supper at Emmaus, I fell in love.
Isn’t it beautiful?
The two disciples have just recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread. One of the disciples grabs on to the table, surprised, while the other one is visibly startled.
Now, take a look at Jesus. He is garbed in the burial clothes that He is typically depicted with in pictures of the Resurrection. So, as far as biblical accuracy goes, this picture would not be a very historically accurate depiction of the scene. After all, if the disciples had seen a man walking in burial clothes, they probably wouldn’t have reacted the way they did.
And yet, as a sort of allegorical depiction of the scene, it is a beautiful one. It reminds us that Christ is with us, not just in the stories of the bible, but as the Resurrected Christ who has saved us all from death.
It reminds us that Christ is continually reaching out and meeting with us as we break bread in the form of the Eucharist.
And finally, it is a reminder that Christ is with us until the end of time… just as He promised.