COR THOUGHTS 268: One Flesh with Christ

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This Sunday’s second reading contains a passage that, according to St. John Paul II, summarizes the entire teaching of the Bible. “It is what God … wishes above all to transmit to mankind in his Word” (TOB 93:2). “‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church” (Eph 5:31–32). Christ is the new Adam who left his Father in heaven. He also left the home of his mother on earth. Why? To give up his body for his bride (the Church) so that we might become “one flesh” with him. Where does this happen? In the Eucharist. Here “Christ is united with his ‘body’ as the bridegroom with the bride,” John Paul II tells us (Mulieris Dignitatem  26). God wants to marry us! That’s the whole Bible in five words. And he wanted that eternal marital plan to be so plain to us that he stamped an image of it right in our bodies by making us male and female and calling the two to become “one flesh.” O Lord, give us eyes to see our bodies as a sign of your eternal plan for us!