The Supper at Emmaus by Marco Marziale (fl 1492-1507)
This representation of our gospel for today shows a sense of stillness and solemnity as if to emphasise the importance of the Eucharist. Christ looks not at the other guests and fellow travellers, but at us as we travel. Although we cannot share bread and wine in that way today we can share Christ’s eternal presence, we can find it in his gaze and around us, in those we love, in those who support and help us and in the extraordinary efforts of health workers and the medical profession. Representations of this event made after the reformation tend to show a sense of wonder and surprise in contrast to the calm shown by Marziale. Perhaps we need both that sudden sense of Jesus’s risen presence that seems so unexpected and that quiet and timeless knowledge and assurance that God is with us. As my reflection suggests Cleopas and his friends were uncertain and did not understand the significance of events initially but we have the advantage of seeing things in retrospect. We can share that sense of God’s eternal presence yet we should also remember its thrill and electric power.
Sermon and Reflection
For this Sunday I have recorded a sermon in the garden as it was such a wonderful morning.