” When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed it, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.” Luke 24 :30-31
There is a simple truth that is hidden in this meeting at Emaus with Our Lord after His Resurrection. Can you uncover it?
I know not of any Christian who would not wish upon themselves the blessings of Our Lord. We earnestly seek and desire God’s blessings in our lives. We wish to have His Hands in many aspects of lives, whether it be in our homes, in our finances, in our churches and even in our ministries. Is there any harm to that. Absolutely not. What does it mean to be blessed. For many people, I believe, the proof of God’s Blessings rests on the ability to enjoy a healthy life, and to be financially prosperous. In short really, it is the ability to feel happy in one’s own skin. But the undeniable truth is that we do not always receive what we ask for.
I would like now to bring your attention to the fact that Christ blessed something then broke it (almost immediately). The blessing results in the breaking. The prayer for “more” results in “less”. The request for “increase” results in “decrease”.
The road to Emaus is my favorite story in the Bible. I think I said that a couple of times about a couple of different stories, haha, how can you not lov’em all. This one particularly because of its huge theological implications. But today no theology, I want to touch on the practical side of things. The question we ought to ask ourselves is “Do we want to be a blessing or a burden to others”? The majority of Christians would answer with the affirmative, that they would gladly want to be a blessing to others. So God blesses them ….and then breaks them.
“More of Him, Less of Me” Such is the cry of the sincere disciple. How do I get more of Christ, by getting less of MYself. As I fade, He takes center stage. As I decrease, He increases. I become Nano (greek for dwarf), He becomes Macro (greek for Large). That, is in essence, the true meaning of being blessed.
We have been blessed. Matter of fact, we have already been blessed. Needless to say, look around you and count them. What we lack is the “breaking”. But of course we dread being broken, we want to be blessed without being broken. But here is the kicker, after He blessed the bread, and broke it, their eyes were open and they saw. Do you want to see? The sample answer is “be a blessing, AND a sacrifice of oneself for others”, imitating Christ, who did it so fervently on the Cross for you and I.
When I created this blog, I took quite a long time to figure out a name. After much reflection, Nano-Maître was chosen, a play on word consisting of two parts: (i) what I specialized in for my doctoral studies, notably nanoscience/nanotechnology, the studies of phenomenon at the “nanometer” length scale which is where I get “nanomètre”, with the aforementioned meaning of nano-“dwarf”. And (ii) a purposefully mispelled Maître. It was meant to allude to my french beginnings, and what I aspired to be, at the time an itch for Academia. “A Maître” is a teacher. But “Maître” and “mètre”are homophones in French.
After writing this post, it became apparent to me that Christ, not I, is the quintessential “Nano-Maître”. He spent quite a bit of time teaching us how to lessen the self, to dwarf our ego , to decrease ourselves to a lenght scale that isn’t visible to the human eye”, so to speak: humility. So this morning, I was ecstatic to discover the theological implications of having “nano-maître” as my blog title. Could it be that I studied this for a reason…Life will tell, but what an Irony in the midst of discerning a priestly vocation, although I must say His humour has a humbling effect.
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