The Profession of Faith
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
“Christ is the Head of this Body”
Christ “is the head of the body, the Church.”
He is the
principle of creation and redemption. Raised to the Father’s glory,
“in everything he [is] preeminent,”
especially in the Church,
through whom he extends his reign over all things.
Christ unites us with his Passover:
all his members must
strive to resemble him, “until Christ be formed” in them.
this reason we . . . are taken up into the mysteries of his life, . . .
7 § 3.
7 § 3; cf.