When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:30-32

For centuries, scripture has inspired artists (visual, musical, or otherwise) in their craft, and art has inspired its audience in a new way to understand the stories of scripture.

Take a minute to meditate on these works by Rembrandt or Caravaggio, or read this poem by Denise Levertov. What do you notice about the work you chose? What resonates with you? Read through the passage again with your painting or poem in mind. Does it change how you read the story? If you’re feeling particularly inspired, try making your own piece of art based on the road to Emmaus.

By Jessica Rust

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