The Supper at Emmaus
Matthias Stom
1633 – 1639
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The artist presents a moving story. The downcast disciples treading down the road met with a strange stranger. He who appeared to know nothing, helped them understand everything. Their hearts burned as the destination drew near. The disciples urged – ‘Abide with us.’ At dinner, the Guest became the Host. Recalling the Last Supper, Christ takes the bread, blesses and breaks it, and gives it to them. It was a moment of revelation. The disciples were dumbfounded. Notice that while their left hands rest upon the table, their right hands move towards Christ. Their eyes are wide open, and in the Stranger, they find their Resurrected Friend. This is the story of the Mass. It is our story as we participate in the Holy Eucharist to receive our Friend.

– Archdiocesan Heritage Museum

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