Recognizing the presence of Christ

This beautiful story of the disciples of Emmaus is the story of our own faith. Despite the words of the prophets, the testimony of the women, even Jesus himself who “drew near and walked with them,” the disciples were trapped in disillusionment. They had hoped that Jesus “would be the one to redeem Israel,” but nothing turned out as they expected. As they listen to the words of the stranger who joins them unexpectedly, they urge him to stay, “for it is nearly evening.” And when he “took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them,” their eyes were opened and their hope brought back to life.

How often in our own journey of faith do we lose hope, close our hearts and our eyes to the hidden presence of Christ our King. In this Eastertide, may the breaking of the bread and the contemplation of Scripture renew our hope and ignite our faith.

Fr. Christopher J. Viscardi, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Provinceteaching theology at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.


Above all, trust in the slow work of God
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay…

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety
of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

—Excerpt of “Patient Trust” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ