In yesterday’s gospel, the crowd sneers at Jesus as he hangs on the cross, urging him to “save himself.”; And here is the proof that, because of sin, we don’t understand the “language of the body.”; There, right before them, the naked body of the Bridegroom proclaims, “This is my body, given for you.”; But the crowd wants Jesus to confirm the way they live their own lives: for themselves. Jesus isn’t up there “for himself.”; His body is “for” others. More specifically, his body is “for” his Bride, and for all the children who will be “born again” from the mystical Marriage of Christ and the Church. In this way Jesus definitively redeems the “spousal meaning of the body,” the truth that the body speaks a language of “total self-giving.”; Had he come down from the cross, he would have confirmed the world in its self-serving. Having stayed “to the end,” he calls the world to love as he loves: a call stamped right in our bodies as male and female.