“And it came to pass that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him” (Lk 24:14-16).
Does it not often happen that when we come together...our “communications” are anything but what they ought to be? It may be gloomily moping together over the depressing circumstances which surround us—the weather, the prospects of the country, the state of trade, our poor health, the difficulty of making both ends meet—anything and everything, in short, but the right thing.
Yes, and so occupied do we become with such things that our spiritual eyes are holden (restrained), and we do not take knowledge of the blessed One who in His tender faithful love is at our side, and He has to challenge our vagrant hearts with His pointed and powerful question, “What manner of communications are these that ye have?”
C. H. Mackintosh
Servant of Christ, stand fast amid the scorn
Of men who little know or love thy Lord;
Turn not aside from toil; cease not to warn,
Comfort and teach. Trust Him for thy reward:
A few more moments’ suffering, and then
Cometh sweet rest from all thy heart’s deep pain.