Sunday, March 13, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 126 - Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 126 - Part II. What does it mean to say that the Church is the “Body of Christ”?

(Youcat answer - repeated) Above all through the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist, an inseparable union comes about between Jesus Christ and Christians. The union is so strong that it joins him and us like the head and members of a human body and makes us one.           

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 789) The comparison of the Church with the body casts light on the intimate bond between Christ and his Church. Not only is she gathered around him; she is united in him, in his body. Three aspects of the Church as the Body of Christ are to be more specifically noted: the unity of all her members with each other as a result of their union with Christ; Christ as head of the Body; and the Church as bride of Christ.      

Reflecting and meditating 

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 790) Believers who respond to God's word and become members of Christ's Body, become intimately united with him: "In that body the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe, and who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ in his Passion and glorification"(LG 7). This is especially true of Baptism, which unites us to Christ's death and Resurrection, and the Eucharist, by which "really sharing in the body of the Lord,… we are taken up into communion with him and with one another" (LG 7; cf. Rom 6:4-5; 1 Cor 12:13).     
(This question: What does it mean to say that the Church is the “Body of Christ”? is continued)

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