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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
The Church is the Body of Christ - Pope Francis
October 22, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Just as our
body is one, but made up of many members, so it is with Christ and the Church.
The vision of Prophet Ezechiel, in which God’s Spirit gives flesh and
life to a field of dry bones, is a foreshadowing of the Church, filled with the
Spirit’s gift of new life in Christ and united in fellowship and love.
Through Baptism we are made one with Christ in the mystery of his death
and resurrection; all of us become sharers in the Holy Spirit and members of a
mystical body of which the Risen Christ is the head.
Paul uses the
image of marital love to illustrate this great mystery: just as a husband and
wife are one flesh, so it is with Christ and the Church. As members of
the one body, we are called to live in unity, overcoming every temptation to
discord and division. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, may we work to build
up Christ’s Body in love by accepting with gratitude his many gifts, valuing
those gifts in others and always showing generous concern for our brothers and
sisters in need.