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“The Resurrection opens for us a path of joyful repentance, so that like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, our heart may burn within us as our Lord opens to us the Holy Scripture, ‎so that truly there is no longer anything standing in our way of knowing Him as “the Resurrection and the Life.” (Metropolitan Tikhon)

“In the resurrection appearance to the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus, they say, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road?” The truth, when it is truly and rightly spoken, brings forth a burning “Yes!” within us that wants to leap to its fulfillment. Someone recently wrote asking, “How do we know when our words are true words?” I would say that they are true when they are trending in this same manner (towards the burning “Yes!”).” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“For years, I have longed to be one of the two on the road to Emmaus, having my heart burn within me as He shows, from all of the Scriptures, how the Christ must suffer and enter into His glory. And yet, all of us DO have access to that first great Bible study of the Resurrection: for the LORD’s way of approaching, reading, and understanding the Old Testament is modeled for us in the Scriptures, and most especially in Luke’s gospel. Just as we are invited into the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, in the same communion as those two when they reached the Inn, so we are invited to feed upon the written Word, inwardly digesting it, as we contemplate the words of the evangelists, who sends us back to every part of God’s first testament to His people.” (Edith M. Humphrey)

“By the presence of the Holy Spirit, our minds are open to the full meaning of the sacred texts that we hear. This was revealed to all Christians of all generations on the Road to Emmaus, when the Risen Lord encountered Cleopas and an unknown disciple: “And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” [Luke 24:27]. Following this encounter and the “breaking of the bread,” during which these disciples recognized the Risen Lord, “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’?” [Luke 24:32]. Christ speaks to us today through the reading of the Scriptures, thus making it possible for us today to experience the identical “burning of heart” when we, too, make the time to read the Scriptures…“In the Church, we are still on the road to Emmaus.” (Fr. Stephen Kostoff, Fr. John Behr)

“ ‘Did not our heart burn with us?’ said the Apostles after Christ drew near them. So does the soul recognize and love her Lord, and the delight of His love is a burning delight. In heaven there is one and the same love in the hearts of all, but on earth some there are that greatly love the Lord, others who love Him in small degree, while still others love Him not at all. The soul that is filled with love of God is oblivious both of heaven and of earth. The spirit burns, and invisibly beholds the Desired One, and the soul sheds many sweet tears and is unable to forget the Lord for a single second, for the grace of God gives strength to love the Beloved.” (St. Silouan)


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