One Body in Christ 2nd Sunday – B


One Body in Christ 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time Year B

1 Samuel 3:3B-10, 19 Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 1 Corinthians 6:13C-15A, 17-20 John 1:35-42

            The reading from Saint Paul’s sixth chapter of his letter to the Corinthians on the purpose of our bodies helps us to understand what Paul means a few chapters later when Paul writes on the Church being one body with Christ. In chapter twelve Paul describes are relationship to Christ as being one body with Christ. “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body; so it is with Christ.” 

            In commenting on this passage Brant Pitre encourages us not only to interpret it with the image of one body where Christ is the head and we are everything below the head. Rather, in reference to both Genesis and to St. Paul’s earlier chapter Pitre uses the image of a man and a woman coming together as one flesh, as one body, in the Sacrament of Matrimony to explain what it means to be one body with Christ.

            In Genesis chapter two Adam identifies Eve, his wife, as his own body by looking at her with true love saying, “This at last is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh (Genesis 2:23 RSVCE)”. Immediately afterwards we read, “Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

            Similar to this passage from Genesis of two bodies become one flesh, one body, in the Sacrament of Matrimony, Paul in today’s second reading describes our bodies as intended to be members of Christ to be joined to the Lord so as to become “one Spirit with him.” 

            As in a good marriage where two people, and husband and a wife, are one flesh and one body and at the same time two distinct people who respect each other’s thoughts, and feelings so in the perfect marriage that we are all called to have with God with our Lord we are called to become one flesh with Jesus but not in a way where we are dissolved in Christ and disappear. Rather our identify is preserved as our flesh, our spirit, our very bodies become united with the spirit and body of our Lord Jesus.

            At every Mass we are given the opportunity for this union of two becoming one flesh when we receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. In this reception, our bodies, our spirits are united to the body and spirit of Jesus and not just individually but also as a body of believers who are united to one another as one body, as one flesh, through their Eucharistic union with Jesus Christ.[1]

            When we receive Jesus, our very bodies will be like tabernacles for Jesus since as Paul writes our bodies are intended by God to a temple of the Holy Spirit where each one of us are “like living stones … built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:4), a spiritual house that is supposed to be more beautiful than the most beautiful Church in the world. 

            How do live up to our collective calling to become living stones of the most beautiful Church in the world, by our truthful love for one another which is most demonstrated in how, as Pope Francis rightly emphasizes, how we treat the lowliest among us.

            In light of today’s Scriptural teachings may we examine our consciences to see how we have not lived up to our sacred calling to together be the most beautiful Church in the world where our beauty, our attractiveness is defined by our care for one another since we are the Body of Christ.

Blessings,

Fr Peter

Bao La Tình Chúa (Giang Ân)

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One Body in Christ 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time Year B

1 Samuel 3:3B-10, 19 Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 1 Corinthians 6:13C-15A, 17-20 John 1:35-42

I. Second Reading 1 Cor. 6

         A. Interpretive Context – Cor 12 – “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body; so it is with Christ.” 

         B. Head – Body | 2 Persons – As 1 Body – Sacrament of Matrimony – 1 Cor 6 (Pitre)

         C. Genesis 2:23 1st – Adam – “This at last is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh (Gen 2:23)” …  “Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

         D. Similarly 1 Cor 6 – Bodies – Intended Members of Christ – “one Spirit with him.” 

II. Marriage: Sacramental and Mystical

         A. Good Marriage – One and Distinct – Respect – Not Dissolved

         B. Apply to Relationship to Christ

III. Mass: Marital Aspect

         A. Received JC’s B B S D 

         B. Bodies as become Temples and A Temple –  “like living stones … built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:4)

         C. Most Beautiful Spiritual House/Church

III. Most Beautiful Church

         A. Intended by God to be Us

         B. Our Beauty – Truthful Love – A Characteristic – How We Treat the Lowliest Among Us – In a Certain Sense All Are

IV. Conclusion

         In light of today’s Scriptural teachings may we examine our consciences to see how we have not lived up to our sacred calling to together be the most beautiful Church in the world where our beauty, our attractiveness is defined by our care for one another since we are the Body of Christ.

Blessings,

Fr Peter


[1] Brant Pitre, “The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B),” catholicproductions.com; Brant Pitre, The Apostle Paul: Unlocking the Mystery of His Theology, Catholic Productions, LLC, CD 1 and PDF.

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