"Stay with us"
Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermon 235 ; PL 38, 1117
"Stay with us"
My brethren, when was it that the Lord made himself recognized? When he broke the bread. So we ourselves are convinced, too: when we break the bread we recognize the Lord. If he hadn't wanted to be recognized until that moment it was for our sakes, we who were not to see him in the flesh but who were yet to eat him in the flesh. So you who believe in him, whoever you are, you who do not bear the name of christian in vain, you who do not come casually into the church, you who hear the word of God in fear and hope: for you the broken bread will be a consolation. Our Lord's absence is not a real absence. Have trust, be faithful and he is with you even if you do not see him.
When the Lord hailed them the disciples had no faith. They did not believe in his resurrection, they did not even hope that he might be raised. They had lost faith; they had lost hope. They were dead men walking alongside a living one; they were walking, dead, with life. Life was walking with them but, in their hearts, life was not as yet renenewed.
And do you long for life? Imitate the disciples and you will recognize the Lord. They offered hospitality; our Lord seemed determined to proceed on his way but they held him back... You too, then, keep hold of the stranger if you wish to recognize your Savior... Learn where to look for the Lord, where to possess him, where to recognize him: in breaking bread with him.
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