It was Book Club tonight –
We didn’t meet at someone’s house tonight, we met at a public place, a comfortable book store cafe. (Not the one in the picture!)
It was a bit noisier place to hold our meeting, but inspiring to be among books and book lovers and conducive to discussion. One very, very tiny bit of our discussion tonight was how we take in our information. See, with all the technology today, we can choose from a wide variety of ways to “read” our selected book.
Since I’ve been busy this week, I’ve been running around with our book in my Kindle. I’ve been sleeping with my Kindle, eating with my Kindle, and tonight I showed up still holding on to my Kindle – 97 % done with the book (according to Kindle!) Some had read the book in book form. One had brought abridged children’s versions, which was very interesting, since our book this time was David Copperfield, approximately 1,000 pages long. We also talked about all the eBooks and audio books available.
Some of us confessed to be chiefly audio-learners; some are visual learners.
Which got me to thinking: How did you come to know what you know? How did you learn what it is you think you know? What’s the best way for you to come to an understanding of something?
Well, all the ways we can, I suppose. All five senses. Or six senses…(intuition, insights. . . . .)
Remember, it’s still the Octave of Easter? And – I’m a couple days late, I know – but an important Reading for this time is the story of Jesus meeting the two disciples on their way home to Emmaus. They’re walking together, right after the Day of the Resurrection, and a third Person joins them. It’s Jesus, but they don’t recognize Him, for some reason.
We speculate on the reason: They were caught off guard. Reason (and memory) told them He was dead. He was in His resurrected body, which was different somehow.
But until this week I had overlooked a simple phrase written in the Bible about this: “But their eyes were held so that they should not know Him.” It was deliberate! They could have known that it was He by the use of all of their senses, but they were supernaturally prevented from knowing Him.
And then came His gentle questions: “What’s going on with you two?” And then came His explanation of the Scriptures about why the Crucifixion and Resurrection had to be.
But still they didn’t know!
And then – They invited Him to their home and urged Him to stay with them.
And then they prepared a meal. The invitation into their homes included the intimate act of eating a meal – together.
And after He had come to them on the road, after He had talked with them and taught them, after He had given them the choice to let Him “go on” further by Himself, and after He had accepted their invitation to come into their home and eat with them, then He blessed and consecrated the bread and it was the Bread they needed, and they no longer needed to see Him with their eyes and their other senses….
And then the Bible says: “And their eyes were opened and they knew Him…” And since they now had Him in the Bread, and they no longer needed to see Him with their eyes and their other senses…He vanished.
How did they learn what they now knew and ran to tell the rest of the disciples so they could pass it on to others?
Sometimes our understanding of things is “held back” until the right time, until we’re prepared to receive the dawning of the fullness of the Truth.
I suspect all of us at Book Club, all of us friends, are in a lifelong quest to figure out this world and our existence in it. That’s part of the reason that we read books. It’s part of the reason we have some lively discussions, sometimes, about what book we’re going to read for next time! And now we can decide which way we can reach out into the world, through that book, to learn the best way we can, to prepare ourselves for that precious Light of insight that we are ready for.
We know what we think we know now, but some day we will really know.