The Highest Of Values And Importance Of The Eucharist

Catholic tradition puts a great emphasis on the importance of the sacraments. What is believed by Christian’s as the highest of values and purpose in human life is expressed through the sacraments. Sacramental life is an expression of God’s gracious offers and the desire of humans to strengthen their relationship with God. God made this relationship possible through Jesus Christ who is therefore a sacrament of God. Before Jesus’s death he entrusted these sacraments as way for god to be present in our lives even if we cannot see or hear him. Communication with god is made possible in and through the celebration in the words, actions objects and events. It is believed that in the same way the Christ is human and divine, the sacraments also …show more content…
It is the center of Christian sacramental life and it is the sacrament that all sacraments derive meaning from. The Eucharist is celebrated for three essential reasons, it is a thanksgiving and praise to the father, a sacrificial memorial of Christ and his body in addition to Christ being present in our lives by the power of his word and of his spirt (CCC, 1358). The Eucharist has several different names which represent the multiple meanings of the sacrament. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving; the Eucharist is a thanksgiving to God. The Eucharist is also referred to as the lord’s supper because of its connection to the last supper. Through the sacrament the church continues to do what Jesus did on the eve of the passion as a reembrace of Jesus sacrifice for humankind. When the Eucharist is referred to as the holy sacrifice it is an additional reminder of what Jesus sacrificed for us. Holy Communion is an additional name for the celebration of the Eucharist this name gives meaning to the fact that we unit ourselves through Christ who gives us his body and blood to form a single body through the consecration of the bread and the wine.(CCC,1341) The bread and the wine are the essential parts of the Eucharist …show more content…
It seemed scary in a way to me but in my own life I have always found that admitting my wrong doings to myself and others made my life and my relationships with others better. Pence and reconciliation is a sacrament of healing and celebration as well as an experience of God’s unrestricted mercy and forgiveness. It is God’s gift to us that any sin committed after baptism can be forgiven. An example used in class that helped to deepen my understanding of this concept is that when you use a GPS and turn the wrong way it doesn’t tell you failed and to just turn around and go home, the GPS recalculates you in the same way that when you are truly sorry and repent your sins God forgives you and puts you back onto the right path. I truly believe in second chances and learning from your mistakes and I find it reassuring that the only sin that can’t be forgiven is one that you don’t want to be forgiven for meaning the control is your hands. Through the celebration of the sacrament we put ourselves in God’s presence and honestly acknowledge our sins. For someone who is proud this could be a difficult task but it is one that is necessary for salvation. Sins harm our relationship with not only god but with other around us including our communion with the church. Through penance we can reconcile our relationship with God, other and

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