Saturday, April 5, 2008

Emmaus Sunday

Abraham Bloemaert. The Emmaus Disciples 1622. Brussels.

And it came to pass, whilst he was at table with them, he took bread, and blessed, and brake, and gave to them.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him: and he vanished out of their sight.—Luke xxiv. 30-31.

Here to-day, again, the mass. The resurrected Jesus meets two befuddled disciples. He explains how the scriptures refer to Himself (the liturgy of the Word). They go to a roadhouse, sit at table for cena, supper, and then finally (the liturgy of the Eucharist), they understand that it is Jesus before them.

Further, resemblance in instruction, the two candles are lit, as in all celebrations of mass. In Palestine, at the time, it probably would have been oil lamps. There are two jugs in the foreground, with water and wine?

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