I’ve been reading about Christian sacraments this afternoon. My academic theological textbook has a chapter on it which has been most useful.Although I have participated in holy communion (a sacrament) on a Sunday since July it’s taken time for me to comprehend the meaning to me.
A sacrament conveys God’s grace. God’s grace is usually defined as undeserved favor. Grace cannot be earned; it is something that is freely given. Sacraments are an indispensable pre-condition for God’s grace but not required for God’s Grace.
Sacraments are thus signs of the Grace of God. Added to the promises of Grace is to reassure and strengthen the faith of fallen human beings. In communion they break bread and wine for the congregation to accept. This represents the body and blood of Christ.
As an #ActuallyAutistic person I found it easier to read the Bible, comprehend it’s message and believe in the word. For most people in the past, who often couldn’t read, sacraments were important visible forms of invisible grace. Sacraments can assist in actualising the faith.
What I discovered from participating on communion when I was homeless in a hotel with no mental health support was that the sacrament gave me assurance of my conscience when it doubted God’s Grace and benevolence.
I’m now at the stage where I am researching Baptism. Baptism isn’t like circumcision in the Old Testament to signify spiritual realities. Baptism is actualising what is signifies – my belief in Christ.
I hope to be Baptised one day though I do have my anxieties as it’s a new (less routine) experience. There are debates among Christians if it is necessary. Though it is considered important.