Two discouraged disciples, an unknown person on the path, an admitted sadness, a rereading of the Scriptures… and some bread shared in the way only the Lord knew how to do when he was with his disciples. That is enough to turn you around in every sense of the word, and to have you go back on the path in the other direction: picking up the path of obedience to the Word of God exactly at the point where disobedience had distanced us from it, as Saint Benedict says in the Prologue to his Rule.
So a resurrection is given here, that of faith. The disciples’ desire to go and seek the renewal of their faith at the memorial of the Maccabees’ piety is heard, but this happens through Him who humbly surrendered himself for the salvation of the people.
“We who had hoped that he would free Israel” and the savior of our too short hopes, we are led back to “our heart” and to the truth of the Gospel. Thank you to the Crusaders for having procured this stop for us in the heart of the Judean Hills and for their living faith.