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Easter Sunday

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
5th April 2015

 The Cross - The Condition of Glory by Bishop Fulton Sheen

The Risen Saviour spoke of a moral necessity grounded on the truth that everything that happened to Him had been foretold. What seemed to them an offence, a scandal, a defeat, a succumbing to the inevitable was actually a dark moment foreseen, planned, and preannounced. Though the Cross seemed to them incompatible with His glory, to Him it was the appointed path thereto. And if they had known what the Scriptures had said of the Messiah, they would have believed in the Cross.

Then he began with Moses and the Prophets, and explained to them the passages which referred to Himself in every part of the Scriptures (Luke 24: 27). He showed to them all the types and all the rituals and all the ceremonials that were fulfilled in Him. At last they arrived at Emmaus. They had learned much, but they knew that they had not learned all. They still did not recognise Him, but there was a light about Him which promised to lead to a fuller revelation and dissipate their gloom. Their invitation to be a guest He accepted, but immediately He acted as the Host for: When He had sat down with them at table, He took bread and said the blessing; He broke the bread, and offered it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised Him; and He vanished from their sight (Luke 24: 30).

This taking of the bread and breaking it and giving it to them was not an ordinary act of courtesy, for it resembled too closely the Last Supper at which He bade His Apostles to repeat the Memorial of His death as He broke the bread which was His Body and gave it to them. Immediately on the reception of the Sacramental Bread that was broken, the eyes of their souls were opened. As the eyes of Adam and Eve were opened to see their shame after they had eaten the forbidden fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, so now the eyes of the disciples were opened to discern the Body of Christ. The scene parallels the Last Supper: in both there was a giving of thanks; in both, a looking up to Heaven; in both, the breaking of the bread; and in both, the giving of the bread to the disciples. With the conferring of the bread came a knowledge which gave greater clarity than all the instructions. The breaking of the bread had introduced them into an experience of the glorified Christ. Then He disappeared from their sight (Luke 24: 32).

His influence upon them was both affective and intellectual: affective, in the sense that it made their hearts burn with love; and intellectual, inasmuch as it gave them an understanding of the hundreds of preannouncements of His coming. This incident on the road to Emmaus revealed that the most powerful truths often appear in the commonplace and trivial incidents of life, such as meeting a fellow traveller on a road. Christ veiled His Presence in the most ordinary roadway of life. Knowledge of Him came as they walked with Him; and the knowledge was that of glory that came through defeat. In His Glorified Life as in His public life, the Cross and glory went together. It was not just His teachings that were recalled; it was His sufferings and how expedient they were for His exaltation.