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One Flesh Union - Christ and the Church

De Maria's picture

What is the One Flesh Union concerning Christ and the Church?

I have posted a version of this question in the Biblical Studies because I believe it is a beautiful question to ponder. And another version in the interdenominational Discussions to see how we view this mystery as expressed in the Sacrament of Matrimony differently.

But I have really been waiting patiently and anxiously for quite a long time to post this particular question on this forum because in another discussion here, the Catholic view of the One Flesh Union between Christ and the Church was called blasphemous. Specifically this teaching from the Catechism.

795 Christ and his Church thus together make up the "whole Christ" (Christus totus). The Church is one with Christ. The saints are acutely aware of this unity:

Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God's grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. For if he is the head, we are the members; he and we together are the whole man. . . . The fullness of Christ then is the head and the members. But what does "head and members" mean? Christ and the Church.

Our redeemer has shown himself to be one person with the holy Church whom he has taken to himself.

Head and members form as it were one and the same mystical person.

A reply of St. Joan of Arc to her judges sums up the faith of the holy doctors and the good sense of the believer: "About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter."

Our understanding of the One Flesh Union between Christ and the Church is based upon this verse.
Ephesians 5:
30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Now, it seems to me that our understanding lines up pretty well with Scripture.

And so, I posted this particular thread to see how your views contrast with the Catholic view of this greatest and most wonderful of mysteries.


De Maria

jwmcmac's picture

"Jeff wrote, And, if I might

"Jeff wrote,

And, if I might take the liberty, I would like to comment on what I believe Jesus was teaching.

Jesus said, "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."(Luke 10:20)"


jwmcmac comments:

As CHRIST often did . . . HE is not negating the 'True statement' which was stated . . . but HE is re-stating a Higher Truth which exists alongside the 'statement' Truth which was made by the speaker . . . HE is stating a 'Higher Truth'

Both are to be 'Rejoiced' over . . . but the latter re-statement of Truth is of a Higher Nature than the prior statement of Truth.

An example:

When the lady in the crowd 'observed' and 'stated' that the Womb was Blessed and also Blessed were the Breasts that nurtured JESUS . . . JESUS re-stated (and did not negate) this Truth by giving the Higher Truth about WHO HIS Mother is . . . the Higher Truth about Mary being . . . that She . . .

. . . Heard the Word of GOD (in Faith) and Did It (in humble and Obedient Action) . . .

. . . and that . . .

. . . all who do similarly that Mary Did . . . similarly acting after Her Immaculate Heart . . . will also be HIS Mother and HIS Brothers and HIS Sisters . . . in Grace . . . and by Adoption in Grace . . .

. . . Action and Grace . . . produce the Fruit WHO is CHRIST . . . in our bodies and in our Souls . . . if Done in Obedience and humility to GOD the FATHER's Will.

. . . and it is the Eucharist . . . 'Discerning the Body of CHRIST' . . . in Faith and in humble, Obedient, and Loving Action . . . which confirms this Unity in CHRIST . . . all things of Faith coming together in this Sacramental Sacrificial Celebration and Reality.

GOD Bless us all.