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Yes.  Kind, compassionate John did not hesitate in giving homework on the first day of school.  Aren’t all teachers pretty much just so?  Our homework was simply to read Luke 24:13-35.  This is the story of two travelers  on thier way to Emmaus. 

(NAB Luke 24:13-35) 13 Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, 14 and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.  15 And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, 16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.  17 He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?”  They stopped, looking downcast.  18 One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?”  19 And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him.  21 But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place.  22 Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive.  24 Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.”  25 And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!  How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!  26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”  27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.  28 As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther.  29 But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”  So he went in to stay with them.  30 And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  31 With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.  32 Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”  33 So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them 34 who were saying, “The  Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”  35 Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Try to remember that I am not Catholic, not an Apologist, nor an expert.

To recap:

Two guys are traveling to another town.  While walking, they are talking and debating.  Hm-mm…wonder what there was to debate?  What they had seen?  What did it mean that Christ was crucified, died, and the tomb now stood empty?

Jesus comes up and walks with them.    They don’t recognize Him.

Jesus asks them what they are talking about.  The travelers look sad.

Cleopas (gotta like this guy), “Seriously, are you the ONLY person that doesn’t know what went down?!”  (considering this information these guys must have  been followers of Jesus while he is alive.)

Jesus asks what happened, and they share the story of Christ’s deeds, His death, and now Resurrection. (Yeah, I bet that was an interesting conversation before Jesus incognito walked up.)

Jesus then admonished them. (Gently I would think.) Then taught them scripture.

Jesus intimates that he is going further.  The travelers urge him to stay the evening.   Why? Two thoughts at this point. 1) it was hospitable and kind.  2) They had a hunger to hear more.

At dinner Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it. He did this at the Last Supper.  It was the first communion.  Is this the first post-Resurrection communion?

When they ate the bread they recognized Jesus, then he disappeared.  Why did he vanish? Their eyes were open, and now Christ was within them.  I would speculate that this points to the Real Presence.  I have read John 6:47-67. It points to this as well.

Then the travelers recognize the feelings they had when Christ explained the scripture to them.

What do they do?  High tail back to Jerusalem and the disciples to tell them.  They recount how Jesus is made known to them through the breaking of bread.

This passage to me looks like an outline for Mass.  It points to the Real Presence.  It alludes to the fact that Christ gives understanding of scripture when preaching.  It also says to me that The Eucharist (communion) is the way to know Christ.