The Real Presence of Christ as Revealed in Luke 24:30-35

3rd quarter of 16th century

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When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”

And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke (RSV) 24:30-35)

This passage is very interesting to me because of the presented concerning the doctrine of the Real Presence. The fact that Our Risen Lord keeps His physical appearance unrecognizable to His disciples demonstrates the sovereignty of God over the very world and reality He created for us humans.

A close reading of verses 30 and 31, in the context of the Passover, Christ serving as High Priest and Perfect Sacrifice, etc. makes the reality of the Holy Eucharist all the more explicit: “…he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened…”
Then Our Blessed Lord vanishes certainly leaving only the memory of eating the Flesh of Our Lord under the appearance of bread burning in their hearts and in their minds. This is only something that God can do. That out of love for us and a desire to save every last one of His beloved creatures He humbles Himself daily under the appearance of mere bread and wine to unite ourselves both physically and spiritually with Him – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:35)

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