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The Eucharist

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"A sacrament is an outward and invisible sign of an inward and spiritual grace." This is relevant to the Eucharist because the Eucharist is a symbol for the body and blood of Christ. Our main belief about the Eucharist during mass is that when we receive the body and blood that it is actually the body and blood of Jesus because he is present at that time. We believe that Christ is present at the Eucharist and that the bread actually becomes the body and the wine becomes the blood. "Christ becomes present in this sacrament precisely by a change of the breads whole substance into his body and the wines whole substance into his blood" (St Thomas Aquinas) Other Christian traditions don't believe that Christ is present during the Consecration; instead they believe that the "bread" and "wine" are symbols for his body and blood. Also they don't focus their attention on the Eucharist but the "liturgy of the word" instead we have a literal interpretation of the Eucharist while other Christians believe in a symbolic Eucharist. We go to mass to gather as a community t give thanks to god. The mass has two main parts; the liturgy of the word and the Eucharist. In the Eucharist we thank god for offering Jesus up so that we could all be saved. ...read more.

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To live out the Eucharist you must love others around you, this means forgiving anyone who has hurt you or done something which you would consider to be hurtful. Catholics should not bear grudges against anyone because of what they done or their religion status in society. A good example of people who do this are those people who go out on missionaries and help those people in Afghanistan whose political leaders have bombed innocent people. They care for the young children who have been orphans because of Americans retaliating and bombing their country. If you want to live out the Eucharist you must sacrifice for others. You should not think of your life as being more important than anyone else's because god made us all as equals. An example of this is those people who would give their seat at mass to an elderly person before they would take the last seat. The type of person who donates part of their weekly wage to the parish collection or those who make time to listen to their friends and any problems they may have in life. This is sacrificing good hard-earned money which could go towards paying off their mortgage but instead donate it to the parish to make sure it stays I in a good financial state or the money goes to St Vincent De Paul to help the poor which we see every day and never even spare a moment to think about them. ...read more.

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You can go out and visit the elderly or poor and check on them regularly. Only god should have the right to decide whether or not someone should receive the sacrament of the Eucharist because we don't have the right to refuse anyone who is willing to accept it. Jesus told us that we had no right to judge, a sacrament is a meeting with god and by refusing someone the sacrament we are refusing people access to god. Jesus never did turn his back on anyone, he accepted anyone who wanted to be forgiven for example the tax collectors, Samaritan woman etc. he never said that they were not worthy to be with them. We should never reuse someone baptism as it is stopping a child from entering gods kingdom. We shouldn't deny anyone access to gods family because their parents do not keep their faith. We shouldn't refuse a child confirmation because they should be able to receive the Holy Spirit. Everyone should be able to receive the Eucharist, as we have no right to refuse anyone from Christ himself. Everyone should receive the sacrament of the sick as no one should die without it and everyone deserves penance because no matter what people do they should always deserve forgiveness. Overall I feel that a priest should not refuse anyone the right to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist, as no one should be stopped from receiving god. ...read more.

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