“They recognized him when they broke the bread”

The Gospel of Saint Luke brings us this beautiful passage in which the disciples were commenting on what had happened in Jerusalem, and the risen Jesus joins them on their walk, asking them what they were talking about.

“Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what happened there?”

“That?” he answers them. “The thing about Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a powerful prophet in works and words before God and before all the people; how they handed him over to the high priests and our chiefs to be sentenced to death and crucified. We thought he was going to deliver Israel from the Romans. But, the women went to the tomb and his body was not there, they even said that they saw a legion of angels who had told them that he was alive. Then Jesus said to them: “How foolish and clumsy you are to believe what the prophets announced! Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer to enter into his glory? And he was explaining the Scriptures to them. Near the village he made as if to go on; but they told him: Stay with us, it’s getting late and the day is falling!” And sitting at the table with them, they recognized him when he broke the bread.

Then they returned to Jerusalem and told the disciples: “It was true, the Lord has risen and appeared to Simon and they told him how they had recognized him when they broke the bread.”