Monday, May 9, 2011

The road to Emmaus

Sunday’s Gospel reading (Novus Ordo) was about the Lord meeting with two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The sermon made the standard points that the disciples met the Lord in the “breaking of the bread” and that this alludes to the Eucharist.

We can look further at the liturgical aspect. First, there was the “Liturgy of the Word”, moving the disciples to a knowledge of Christ. This was followed by the “Liturgy of Communion”, when the disciples experienced the Lord as really present.

By the way, the evangelist identifies one disciple, Cleopas, but does not name the other disciple. Had the person been forgotten by the time St Luke made his enquiries? Had the person apostatized? Or is there some other explanation?

Or is the name left unspecified so that we can put ourselves in his or her place?