Over the duration of this term, our Year 7s in their Religious Education classes have been undertaking a unit of work we have called Celebrating the Eucharist. I have to admit that the unit of work has made me personally reflect quite significantly throughout the term as the course ran its time. There were moments when I have felt personally challenged by the various workshops contents that were designed by the dedicated Year 7 Religious Education teachers. I don’t mean challenged because the content was too difficult or abstract for me as a teacher or for our students but challenged to think what the Eucharist means to me personally and the centrality of its role in my life. On reflection having just finished the unit last week, this has proven to be beneficial. At times, like anything, I think we can become complacent when there are things we simply take for granted. I sometimes wonder if this sacrament falls into that category.
The Eucharist has always been one of the most important aspects of Christianity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church strongly asserts the "Real Presence" of Jesus' body in the Eucharist; this is to say that the sacrament is not just symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus but rather that it is his body and blood. This is the message we have been trying to convey to our Year 7s. The “Real Presence” of Jesus in the Eucharist. We encounter Jesus in a real way each time partake of the Eucharist. It is interesting to note that our Year 7s get this. They understand the gift that is Jesus in the Eucharist. The work that was covered with them over the duration of the term was extensive and informative, yet deeply reflective. The Year 7 Religious Education teachers (Mrs Harding, Ms Roberts, Mrs Arnott- Sexton and Ms Tadic) wanted to specifically create a narrative that places the context of the Eucharist as a personal encounter with Christ, not only through the context of the Mass, but also to be a living reality in our daily living, as Christian witnesses to the teachings and examples that Jesus gave us of living a life with meaning and purpose and focussed on bringing the Kingdom of God.
Our Year 7s finished the unit by completing a project which asked them to create a story board based on the history of the Eucharist and then the context of the Eucharist today. When examining the contents of the section on the celebration of the Eucharist today, it was wonderful to see the connections that our young people can make with this sacred sacrament in terms of having a deeper, richer meaning beyond the ritualistic element and symbolism itself.
It heartens me and our teachers to know that we have very thoughtful and caring young people in our midst who understand the invitation that Christ gives all of us to bear witness to be disciples in today’s world.
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