K, lets see how quickly we can do this post, before having to get ready for the Good Friday service! And Nanny and Pappy are coming today! But but… it was a fairly long chapter this time, and we felt like underlining almost everything! And it’s amazing how well this study is fitting for Holy Week, even though it wasn’t really meant for that.
Oh my, this stuff is SO good. We’ll put it behind a cut for you, and also highlight some things (in colour); also, you don’t even have to have read the other chapter studies–each one can stand on its own. Study notes for CHAPTER IV (With Burning Hearts)–
So the next part of the Eucharist, is where the priest/pastor says “Take and Eat”. The two disciples invite the Stranger into their home, they sit down to eat, and Jesus takes over–He takes the bread, blesses it, and hands it to them. This is when they recognize Him, and then He disappears.
“The Eucharist is the most ordinary and the most divine gesture imaginable. That is the truth of Jesus. So human, yet so divine; so familiar, yet so mysterious; so close, yet so revealing!”
God desires to be fully united with us, in “communion”–so He has given all there is to give in Jesus; Jesus has given all there is to give in His death on the cross. “God not only became flesh for us years ago in a country far away. God also becomes food and drink for us now at this moment of the Eucharistic celebration, right where we are together around the table. God does not hold back; God gives all… God wants to become our daily food and drink at any time and any place… if we have mourned our losses, listened to him on the road, and invited him into our innermost being, we will know that the communion we have been waiting to receive is the same communion he has been waiting to give.”
Nouwen goes on to explain that the reason Jesus then disappeared, is because when we recognize Him/know Him intimately–the intimacy is so deep that He is now INSIDE of us. We have become so one with Him, that we identify with Him: “God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” And “…our emptiness gives us the prayer: ‘Father, into your hands I commend my Spirit.’ Communion with Jesus means becoming like him. With him we are nailed on the cross, with him we are laid in the tomb, with him we are raised up to accompany lost travelers on their journey.”
Next, the two disciples look at each other and talk about how He made their hearts stir. Communion creates community–we are in communion with God, and so have communion with each other, one body. “Communion creates community, because the God living in us makes us recognize the God in our fellow humans.
We cannot see God in the other person. Only God in us can see God in the other person.”
Walk to Rivendell: We are thankful for every little rustle that says there is still life!