Upon seeing this photo this morning, I couldn’t help but ponder the words written below it and think of Our Lord and His Holy Church. I can’t help but ponder, she, is what He died for. If WE are not “Cut Away” from her, we are her. Cut away meaning, out of communion with her, through our disobedience to God.
Granted, we are all sinners and baptism removes the stain of Original Sin. CCC 784 On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism, one receives a share in this people’s unique, priestly vocation: “Christ the Lord, high priest taken from among men, has made this new people ‘a kingdom of priests to God, his Father.’ The baptized, by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, are consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood.”
It is ONLY through His “Bride” that we are given the sacraments. “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” We are given the Holy Mass. We are given our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Mass and through His “Bride” we are forgiven through the sacrament of Confession. They speak as one, they are one. “The Church is communion with Jesus”.
The Church is the Bride of Christ
796 The unity of Christ and the Church, head and members of one Body, also implies the distinction of the two within a personal relationship. This aspect is often expressed by the image of bridegroom and bride. The theme of Christ as Bridegroom of the Church was prepared for by the prophets and announced by John the Baptist.234 The Lord referred to himself as the “bridegroom.”235 The Apostle speaks of the whole Church and of each of the faithful, members of his Body, as a bride “betrothed” to Christ the Lord so as to become but one spirit with him.236 The Church is the spotless bride of the spotless Lamb.237 “Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her.”238 He has joined her with himself in an everlasting covenant and never stops caring for her as for his own body:239
This is the whole Christ, head and body, one formed from many . . . whether the head or members speak, it is Christ who speaks. He speaks in his role as the head (ex persona capitis) and in his role as body (ex persona corporis). What does this mean? “The two will become one flesh. This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the Church.”240 And the Lord himself says in the Gospel: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”241 They are, in fact, two different persons, yet they are one in the conjugal union, . . . as head, he calls himself the bridegroom, as body, he calls himself “bride.”242