Praying the Scriptures 2

As they arrived at the village to which they were going he made out that he was going further but they urged him "Stay with us, it is nearly evening, the day is almost over." So he went in and stayed with them. Then while he was at the table with them, he took the bread, gave thanks, broke it and started to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him but he disappeared from their sight. And they asked each other "Weren't are hearts burning within us as he talked to us on the way, as he explained the scriptures to us?" 

(Luke 24:28-32)

Imagine that you are one of the two travellers nearing the village of Emmaus.

How do you feel? 

What are your impressions of the stranger who has joined you on your journey?

Walk into the house. Someone greets you with a basin of cool water. Feel the water as it washes over your dusty feet.

You smell the supper being cooked and hear the clatter of dishes as it is served up.
Take your place at the table. Smell the newly cooked bread. Watch your guest as he breaks it and listen to his voice as he says the blessing. 

What is your reaction as he hands you a piece?

How do you feel when he disappears?

What difference is that meal going to make to your life?

That method of praying the scriptures is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. As you visualise the story and become part of it Jesus meets with you.  It is best to use this method with scripture passages which tell a story and which enable you to use your senses. 

Here are some suggestions:

Matthew 9:18-26  Matthew 21:7-11   Mark 1:16-20  Mark 14:3-9
Luke 8:22-25  Luke 19:1-10  John 2.1-11   John 5:1-9