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What does it mean to say that the Church is the “Body of Christ”?
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.
What does it mean to say that the Church is the “Bride of Christ”?
Jesus Christ loves the Church as a bridegroom loves his bride. He binds himself to her forever and gives his life for her.
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 love that is to say, with all those who want nothing to do with his love and do not reciprocate it?!