A retreat director, preaching on the story of Emmaus, told this story about recognizing Christ in our midst, anywhere and in anyone. It had been a long day and the first-graders were running their teacher ragged. The dismissal bell rang and the children sped out the door. The teacher shepherded them out, then sat wearily on a bench watching them go. A child waiting for her big brother to walk her home watched the teacher, then wandered over. She sat beside her and carefully opened her lunch bag. She unwrapped the sandwich and, with her small hands, broke it in two. She looked up at the teacher and handed her half, saying, “I get tired and hungry after school, too. Here.”
Acts 3:1-10; Victimae Paschali Laudes (42); Luke 24:13-35 (263).
“He took bread, said the blessing . . . and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him.”