Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 127. - Part I.

YOUCAT Question n. 127 - Part I. What does it mean to say that the Church is the “Bride of Christ”?

(Youcat answer) Jesus Christ loves the Church as a bridegroom loves his bride. He binds himself to her forever and gives his life for her.       

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 795 a) Christ and his Church thus together make up the "whole Christ" (Christus totus). The Church is one with Christ. The saints are acutely aware of this unity: Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God's grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. For if he is the head, we are the members; he and we together are the whole man.... The fullness of Christ then is the head and the members. But what does "head and members" mean? Christ and the Church (St. Augustine, In Jo. Ev, 21, 8: PL 35, 1568).    

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) Anyone who has ever been in love has some idea of what love is. Jesus knows it and calls himself a bridegroom who lovingly and longingly courts his bride and desires to celebrate the feast of love with her. We are his Bride, the  Church. In the Old Testament God’s love for his people is compared to the love between husband and wife. If Jesus seeks the love of each one of us, how often is he then unhappily in lovethat is to say, with all those who want nothing to do with his love and do not reciprocate it?!

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 795 b) Our redeemer has shown himself to be one person with the holy Church whom he has taken to himself (Pope St. Gregory the Great Moralia in Job, praef., 14: PL 75, 525A). Head and members form as it were one and the same mystical person (St. Thomas Aquinas, STh III, 48, 2). A reply of St. Joan of Arc to her judges sums up the faith of the holy doctors and the good sense of the believer: "About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter" (Acts of the Trial of Joan of Arc).      

(This question: What does it mean to say that the Church is the “Bride of Christ”? is continued)

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