13 thoughts on “The Road to Emmaus and the Road to No. 10”

  1. The first time I have commented on your writings which I read regularly! It’s fine to sit and eat with strangers but I see the road to No 10 as dangerous. I might be sitting with the devil in which case my chances of converting him/her(!) are pretty remote. I shall be working and praying for the conversion of England to the common good which can never be found in the devilish capitalist policy of austerity x

    • Thank you for being a reader, and for commenting. The trouble is, as I know you know only too well, over the next few weeks we shall be treated to radically different assessments of what constitutes the common good and its diabolical opposite.

  2. Ah sister, never underestimate the impact of your preaching here, breaking the written word for us to share. Even with tongue in cheek, there’s no place for the word ‘only’ in front of the word ‘nun’! Thank you for urging us to take up the mantle of our social responsibilities as we journey through Easter and Emmaus towards a general election. When listening to politicians, I ask ‘Who is resonating with the beatitudes?’, ‘Who stands with those who are on the edge, suffering, hungry, seeking refuge, dying?’ and ‘Who would stand in the shadow of the cross, outcast, mocked, but steadfast?’ “Who wants to extend the message ‘peace be with you?’ The gospels remind us to consider that anyone written off by society as a dead loss can be full of surprises.

  3. Once again, thank you for your teaching. I agree with the previous comment by “Galanthus” who states that you do not need to use “only” before your position of “nun”. As we might say in the U.S.A. using an enthusiastic African-American phrase:”Preach it, Sister!”

    I have a question, though, about the art work. What are the features of this painting that identify Jesus as Jewish? Is it the hats that all are wearing? I’d love to know more about the way the artist has depicted Jewishness in this painting.

    • The notes accompanying the MS illumination state that ‘all are wearing … the characteristic Judenhut or Jewish hat’. I don’t know enough about English art of the period to know whether that is correct or not, although the depiction of Jewish men in later medieval Spanish art show a very similar hat being worn. It would be interesting to know whether wearing such a distinctive hat was obligatory or freely chosen. Perhaps an authority on English medieval history could oblige?

  4. To me, the crucial statement is in your last two sentences, which to me encapsulate the fundamental issue of this election – the issue on which I will base my vote. Thank you for your clarity.

  5. A footnote to the Emmaus story — I like to think of the two disciples as husband and wife; this would explain why Luke or his source do not give a personal name to the other disciple, and is more plausible than having two bachelors sharing a house. I see them as elderly, perhaps with poor eyesight and hearing, who don’t recognise Jesus until the lamps are lit and the table laid. As an eighty-two-year-old, I applaud their grit in making the long journey by night back to Jerusalem.

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