Back and forth, across the landscape that lies between the table in Emmaus and the gathering in the upper room, we traverse the terrain where hearts stirred to fire can also find themselves made heavy and troubled, and minds that are opened with understanding can also be startled, even terrified.
The two disciples with the stranger in Emmaus, only one of them is named.
Is the other one you?
Is that you bee-lining it back to the others in the upper room, because Jesus is with you in the flesh and the blood and the bread and the other?
Is that you, part of the group in the upper room, staggering to take in all that you are seeing and touching and knowing because Jesus is with you in the flesh and the blood and the bread and the other?
Yes, I thought I recognized you. Peace.
—Moira and Richard Clark are Catholic high school educators in Cleveland, OH. Rich is President of St. Martin dePorres High School, and Moira is Dean of Student Life & Formation at Magnificat High School.