In the Gospel of Luke the Easter story tells us how the women discover the empty tomb and receive a message from two angels. However, the apostles refused to believe their story (Lk 24:1-12). Two other disciples also experience Jesus on their way to Emmaus as they listen to him explaining the Scriptures and finally recognize him in the breaking of bread (Lk 24:13-35). After his resurrection, Jesus rarely showed himself to individuals. He usually made himself known to them when his disciples were gathered together as a community. One thing the disciples did when they gathered together after the death of Jesus was to read the Scriptures again and to try to understand the meaning of what had happened to Jesus and how they should go on when Jesus was no longer with them. The disciples on their way to Emmaus discovered Jesus as a stranger who helped them understand the Scriptures and, later on as he broke bread (Lk 24:25-32). It was through the Scriptures and the celebration of the Eucharist that "their eyes were opened" (Lk 24:31). Again in this week's Gospel, Jesus first eats with them and then explains the Scriptures to them. He opens their minds to understand that all that had happened to him was part of God's plan. Through this new understanding of what had happened to Jesus, they begin to understand that he is now present among them in a different way. The disciples experienced Jesus as the one who helped them understand the Scriptures. We too can experience the risen Jesus when we share the Scriptures and celebrate the Sacraments. That is why bible-sharing is at the heart of our Christian communities. When we invite Jesus to open our minds, he is truly present among us.