“But they urged him, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.’”
Easter Monday we heard the chief priests and the elders respond to the news of the Resurrection by covering their tracks with lies. Yesterday, we heard Mary Magdalen respond to Our Risen Lord when He called her by her name. She cried out, “Teacher!” And yet we are called to recognize in Christ much more than simply a teacher.
Today we hear of more events which took place on the day of the Resurrection. The word “disciple” means “one who learns”, and the two disciples of today’s Gospel passage are obviously devoted to learning. Undoubtedly they asked themselves, “what can all these amazing events mean?”
We are told that Jesus joins them in their journey, though the disciples, like Mary Magdalen, do not recognize who He is. Jesus preaches to them the meaning of the Scriptures, which help them learn—which help them indeed make sense of what had happened over the previous few days. But still, they do not recognize Jesus.
Only in the breaking of the bread do they come to know Jesus, and only in the Eucharist do we Christians become more than disciples. Only by sharing in the Sacrifice of Christ’s Body and Blood do we truly begin to imitate Him in our lives.