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The Profession of Faith

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“One Body”

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Believers who respond to God’s word and become mem-

bers of Christ’s Body, become intimately united with him: “In that

body the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe, and

who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way

to Christ in his Passion and glorification.”

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This is especially true

of Baptism, which unites us to Christ’s death and Resurrection, and

the Eucharist, bywhich “really sharing in the body of the Lord, . . . we

are taken up into communion with him and with one another.”

221

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The body’s unity does not do away with the diversity of

its members: “In the building up of Christ’s Body there is engaged

a diversity of members and functions. There is only one Spirit who,

according to his own richness and the needs of the ministries, gives

his different gifts for the welfare of the Church.”

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The unity of

the Mystical Body produces and stimulates charity among the

faithful: “From this it follows that if one member suffers anything,

all the members suffer with him, and if one member is honored, all

the members together rejoice.”

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Finally, the unity of the Mystical

Body triumphs over all human divisions: “For as many of you as

were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew

nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor

female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

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“Christ is the Head of this Body”

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Christ “is the head of the body, the Church.”

225

He is the

principle of creation and redemption. Raised to the Father’s glory,

“in everything he [is] preeminent,”

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especially in the Church,

through whom he extends his reign over all things.

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Christ unites us with his Passover:

all his members must

strive to resemble him, “until Christ be formed” in them.

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“For

this reason we . . . are taken up into the mysteries of his life, . . .

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LG

7.

221

LG

7; cf.

Rom

6:4-5;

1 Cor

12:13.

222

LG

7 § 3.

223

LG

7 § 3; cf.

1 Cor

12:26.

224

Gal

3:27-28.

225

Col

1:18.

226

Col

1:18.

227

Gal

4:19.

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