Christ is with Us

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:

Landscape with Three Pilgrims to Emmaus, by Herri met de Bles
Landscape with Three Pilgrims to Emmaus, by Herri met de Bles, c. 1500. USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, United States.

A lovely scene, right?

But of course, this was only the first part of the scene! The scripture continues on…

NABRE

Luke 24

28As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. 29But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. 31With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. 32Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” 33So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them 34who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” 35Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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.

The Supper at Emmaus, by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi
The Supper at Emmaus, by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, c. 1615-25. J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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.

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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