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What did the Last Supper mean for Jesus?

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Knowledge and Understanding What did the Last Supper mean for Jesus? Jesus was a Jew and therefore the Last Supper was a Passover meal, but it meant more to Jesus. Jesus saw the meal as a celebration of the New Covenant. Jesus gave new meaning to the Passover meal. In a few dramatic gestures Jesus invested new and important meaning into this particular Holy Thursday Passover meal. First, he ate it with his friends. This meal summed up the love Jesus showed them during his three-year ministry. It was literally a reminder to his friends that he loved them. Soon he was to undergo on the cross the supreme act of love for them, and the rest of the world. Second, he took the unleavened bread and transformed it into his body. (The Jews used unleavened bread at the feast to remind them that God had sustained them in the desert, and to remind them of the fleeing Israelites, as they didn't have time to wait for the bread to rise.) Bread - the great symbol for the food that sustains life - was used in the Passover meal to remind the Jewish people that God graciously gives life and keeps it in existence. Jesus took this rich symbol and identified it with himself. ...read more.

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The bible says "Now the lord said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves'". This is in the Old Testament where God is basically saying that he will look after and care for those who obey his laws i.e. the Ten Commandments. God said, " I have heard my people suffering". The meaning of Eucharist for Christians Today All Christians agree that the Eucharist is a sacrament - (Outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible Grace). The two main traditions (Catholic and Protestant) differ on the nature of the Eucharist. The Roman Catholic faith believes in transubstantiation (turning the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ), believing there is a real presence of Christ in it, whereas Protestants believe in consubstantiation, believing that Christ is there in a more symbolic presence. Protestants object to an on going sacrifice, for Catholics an on going sacrifice is like a thanksgiving act for Jesus, or another one is marriage, even though Protestants believe that marriage should be for life, that accept divorce whereas Catholics do not. ...read more.

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Because we are so used to taking it every Sunday, it is usually out of habit that a lot of people receive it, therefore it is a blind act or an empty ritual. Some people have so little respect for it that they chat on the way up the isle to receive it and some people only go because they'd feel guilty if they didn't. Receiving Holy Communion is supposed to be out of an act of faith, yet a lot of Catholics don't believe in the real presence. Masses used to be said in Latin, therefore people needed to know Latin to understand and to follow the mass but now that the mass has been turned into English people don't concentrate as much on what the priests are saying. Having very young children at Holy Communion is very often a waste of time, because they don't understand anything about it. Holy Communion these days is less spiritual, and some people are less interested in it. Having studied these points, and reading over my coursework, I still have as great a faith in my religion (Roman Catholic) and Holy Communion as I ever had. The word Eucharist means 'thanksgiving' and that is exactly what I believe we give every Sunday at Mass to God our Father for saving us from eternal damnation and sin, and giving us eternal life instead, and I will continue to have faith and give thanksgiving for as long as I live. ...read more.

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