The Church Essay Example

  • Category:
  • Document type:
  • Level:
  • Page:
  • Words:

REQUIRED SOURCE: 1 Tillard, J.-M.-R. Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ: At the Source of the Ecclesiology of Communion. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2001 The goal of the paper is twofold:

I. Indicate your PERSONAL understanding of the author’s themes. This is not a book I’d like to see your interpretation about the book. Page 2 states that the identity of the church is established more by its life than its official texts. This is done thrua its Liturgies, Catecheses, homilies of the fathers and acts of the Martyrs.

Jean Marie Tillard wrote this as a compliment of her previous work a Church of Churches. Page 1 tells me that Diversity is not synonymous with contradition.

The different christian churches is in diversity but they are not in contradiction with each other. They are all united thru the communion of Jesus Christ. The Jews and the Roman Cathoalics and the many other christian denominations like Protestants, methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterians, The other Catholic Church – which was visited by Pope John Paul II in order to unite the only two big catholic churches. This shows that the Catholic church follows many long years of tradition starting from our first pope, Peter the apostle.

It is even mentioned in bible in Romans 16:16 states “Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you”  (ASV)”. During the the bible times, there were many churches, after the rise to heave of Jesus Christ and the evangelization efforts of the Apostles who had earlier received the tongues of fire from Holy Spirit, they had different traditions, there were the Jews, who believed that Jesus is not the Messiah and so entrenched in following the old testament laws of Moses and the gentile christians, or non Jews. Today there are many denominations claiming that their church is the true church of a christ. We even hear of “born again” fundamentalist christians where some members believe that just by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior they will be saved and not by works alone. I heared a baptist member tell me that they believe in the “once save, always saved” doctrine.

But all these churches are united in the hope that thru, the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, they have been save for the bible says eternally “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ » —John 14:6 . During the early Christian period, there were many Catholic priests who questioned and even strayed away from the original catholic church and thus the Protestant movement was only one of the many effects of the different Catholic priests having many interpretations what Jesus Christ said to them when he went up to heaven and left to the apostle Peter and the many popes following after Peter the administration of his church until Jesus Christ comes back in full splendor to claim his chosen people.

Communion ecclesiology shows us that there is a continous attempt to understand and unite the different parts or members of the churches who all profess to love and follow Jesus Christ. It moves transcends the juridical and institutional understanding of the Christian Church. It truly concentrates on the patching or bringing together the many members of the Church thru a strong “brother / sister” relationship. This relationship and “wonderful” doctrine of the Holy Trinity is explained for all Christians understand the different functiions of each person in the Holy Trinity. Unity is one of the primarily aims of its members. This includes relationships between humans and God, the members of the communion of saints, members of every christian parish, or even among the bishops who are scattered around the world, sometimes in danger to their very lives, to bring the gospel to new and even “ unfriendly “ territories and the administration of parishes under their mentorship. There should be a continous harmonous communication and relationship between the universal church and the local parishes. Many catholics in different countries have their custom and traditions together with the following of the catholic teachings or dogmas. These customs and traditions should be taken into consideration in the administration of the catholic church. If the people go hungry, if the people are sick, if the people are beset with financial problems and even if the people are politically “bothered”, the catholic priests should help give divine guidance to the parishers in making their decisions on these delicate areas.

Teaching the Catholic faith is one areas of responsibility. According to Fr. Staniloae says that the clergy or priests have the TEACHING RESPONSIBILITY regarding the faith. The faithful can teach themselves but the priest must monitor and guide the lay teachers.


The protestants, like other christian churches, believe on the bible as word of God. Even bringing their bibles every where for spiritual guidance directly and forgiveness, again directly, from God thru Jesus Christ. The Catholics enter churches, some even spiritually hungry, to hear the spiritual guidance of the mass officiator , one of the sacraments, and to receive the Body of Christ in the Holy Communion. We should try to reach to our non catholic brothers. For as Jesus Christ and the apostles ventured out to evangelize the arrival of the Messiah, as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” and the rulership of Jesus Christ by propagating the Catholic faith, Then we, as Catholics, must venture out to them and explain our faith, the apostles creed, the one universal catholic church, the Holy trinity, the communion of saints, and the resurrection of human body and the coming eternal life.

communion ecclesiology emphasizes solidarity of the poor.

They say that the children are the hope of the future. For children are naturally beautiful, outgoing, and fun loving. They are the source of pride, joy and especially hope and surely love among the poor. The church, where the family is basic unit of catholic society, has moved towards helping the poor families have a better life. The Holy Father’s (Pope John Paul II ) called for a new evangelization that was strongly welcomed. The main thrust in his campaign for solidarity of the poor starts with cathechism, the formation of the laity and the enouragement be be priests, nuns, and lay teachers. There is joy in some people’s lives. But this life must be placed in context of social, economic, and political reality which is not is not very “enriching” to the poor members of society. We must reach out an help them. For Jesus said in Matthew 25:40-45 ( 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. The clergy is helping coordinate the community efforts to alleviate poverty. For spiritual bread with no complementary physical bread in the stomach will cause death by hunger.


2. Explain how this understanding applies to you PERSONALLY and PROFESSIONALLY. ****Note to writer: I’m teaching religion in a Catholic middle school. I also volunteer to teach confirmation for teenagers at a parish Sunday school.

Personally, as an active member of the laity, I am touched to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church teachings are based on the bible and the tradition of the pronouncements of the a Vatican Council during the infancy age, not forgetting the prior teachings of the apostles that are recorded for understanding, guidance, and evangelization, in the bible and even until our present Vatican leadership of German Pope Benedict XVI. The teachings regarding the poor, especially the verses of Matthew 25:40-45Whatever I do to the least of my brothers/sister, I do it to Jesus Christ has made look at every person I meet, whether is tall or short, chubby or thin, good or not good, happy or sad, handsome or not so handsome, and especially my poor neighbors as a representative of Jesus Christ himself. If I tried my neighbor as a person of lesser stature than how I treat my blood brothers and sisters, then I am not worthy of the facing Jesus Christ on judgment day and say if he asked me “Do you think you belong in heaven or in hell?’ As the day to day biography of my life unfolds on judment day, then I am afraid that if I do not change for the better today and to continue to keep up the faith and win the race as Phil 3:12 –14 (Jer) states “ Not that I have become perfect yet; I have not yet won, but I am still running, trying to capture the prize for which Christ Jesus captured me. I can assure you my brothers, I am far from thinking that I have already won. All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is still to come; I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us upward to receive in Christ Jesus.”

I will try reach out to my christian and concentrate more time to communicate and convince my non Catholic neighbors of the richness of the tradition of the Catholic faith handed down thru the generation from the first Pope, Peter the apostle, to the present Pope Benedict XVI. If it is only possible, I could be a nun and live a happy and rigorous daily life of prayers and service to the community concentrating on the poor and teaching cathechism or if God is calling me to be a lay teacher of the Catholic Faith, then I will do as he “ordains” me to do. For many are called, but few are chosen.  Matthew 22:14



Tillard, J.-M.-R. Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ: At the Source of the Ecclesiology of Communion. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2001


 (