Today’s Gospel gives us the account of the appearance of the Lord to the disciples walking to Emmaus: ‘While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad’.

St Augustine said: ‘You heard just now that the Lord Jesus, after rising from the dead, found two of his disciples on the road, talking to each other about all that had happened, and said to them, “What is this conversation you are having with each other, and why are you so sad?” …So what is the benefit of this reading for us? A very considerable one, if we understand it rightly. Jesus appeared. They saw him with their eyes and did not recognise him. The Master was walking with them along the way, and he himself was the way. But they weren’t yet walking along the way. He found, you see, that they had wandered off the way. After all, when he had been with them before the passion, he had foretold everything: that he was going to suffer, to die and to rise again on the third day. He had foretold it all, but his death had erased it from their memories. They were so shattered when they saw him hanging on the tree that they forgot about his teaching. They did not expect him to rise, nor did they hold on to what he had promised’.

And ‘He made Himself known to them in the breaking of bread’. He took, He blessed, He broke, He gave – the same Eucharistic actions which we still recognise today. In our own walk with God, let we recognise Him as He walks with us, often in the guise of the stranger. And may we deepen our Eucharistic devotion, that His life will grow ever stronger in us. May God bless you this day.