RECOGNIZING HIM AT LITURGY
“…Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, 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; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’” (Lk 24: 27-32)
Jesus does not immediately reveal Himself on the road to Emmaus, no. First, there is this “warm-up” from “all the scriptures.” Thus at Divine Liturgy (or at Mass), at our eucharistic celebration, we also first have the Scripture-readings “opened to us.” And if we, in our turn, are “opened to them,” then we proceed to “urge Him strongly” in the Eucharistic Prayer, to stay with us. And He “opens our eyes” in the taking, blessing, breaking, and giving to us of the Bread. We “recognize Him,” and are then left with that vision in our hearts, as He “vanishes from our sight.”
Why does He do that - "vanish"? Because He “dis-misses” us, that is to say, He “sends us out” to witness to Him, in “the liturgy after the liturgy.” Let me let the risen Lord open my heart today, and my eyes, as only He can. Glory be to Him.