As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him… (Luke 24:28-31)
The stranger Jesus on the road to Emmaus becomes the honoured guest at Emmaus who becomes the host in the breaking of the bread. One of the most beautiful ‘commentaries’ I have read on this text comes from the Anglican cleric George Herbert, seventeenth century priest, pastor, poet and mystic, who wrote these words, familiar to many, no doubt, but always worth reading again.