Was the Road to Emmaus the first Mass as we know it?
It might just have been.
For starters, there are two disciples gathered together.
Second, along with the unrecognized Christ, they discuss the Old Testament and the events of Jesus' life, including His death and Resurrection. We obviously do that in our first and second readings, and our Gospel.
Third, it is clear that Jesus is interpreting these events for the disciples, which is akin to the homily our priests give.
Fourth, the disciples do not realize they are in the presence of Jesus ... just like some people at our Masses today!
Fifth, and most powerful, Jesus breaks the bread with them. This is the highlight of their journey, and is also the highlight of our Mass.
And lastly, after their encounter, the disciples go forth and proclaim the Resurrection of the Lord ... which is exactly what we are supposed to do after our Mass!
I hope you are all having a joyous Easter season! God Bless you!