“…As they (Luke and Cleopas) came near the village to which they were going (Emmaus), he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him…” (Lk 24: 28-31)
On the way to Emmaus, two of Christ’s disciples, Luke and Cleopas, are joined by the risen Lord, Who “expounds to them in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Lk 24: 27). At this point, however, they do not recognize Him, although “their hearts burned within them” while He talked (Lk 24: 32).
Their eyes are finally opened, and they are given the gift of “see...
“My son, give Me your heart, and let your eyes observe My ways.” (Proverbs 23:26)
Every step I take to salvation, on my journey of following Christ, including participation in the sacraments, must include my wholehearted wanting to do so. The sacraments don’t work “magically,” nor does the Holy Spirit work forcibly, according to some automatic formula, against my will or against my heart.So let me take extra care to embrace His work, also in the sacraments, wholeheartedly and with discernment. If I am seeking communion with Him in the Eucharist, let me understand that I truly want communion; to be one with the Body of Christ. If I am seeking forgiveness for my sins at Confession, let me bring to the table true “repentance,” a true “change of mind.” And so on.