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ALL BAPTIZED Jesus is risen in each member of the body, those here on MAKE UP THE


all BODY OF CHRIST baptized make up the Mystical Body of Christ. Rom 12: 408


earth and those who have gone before us. Together, In the


Mystical Body no one can claim a merely individual


relationship with Jesus. Every grace, every healing, every word of forgiveness, every increase of knowledge of the Lord, comes to us through another member of the Body of Christ. And we receive every grace, not for ourselves, but in order to build up the other members of the Body.


JESUS IS REALLY Jesus is present as the Risen Head of the Body. Just PRESENT IN THE as he is really present in the Eucharist and in his Word, MEMBERS OF THE


so too he is really present in the members of


his CHURCH Mystical Body. He nourishes the members of his Body, 1 Cor 10: 15-17 he forgives them, he heals them, and he guides them to a closer relationship with his Father through the Eucharist and his Word. When we receive his Body in the Eucharist we are receiving the Risen Life of all the members of the Church, those here on earth and those who have gone before us. When we are listening to his Word we are led to respond to the present needs of his Body.


THE BODY OF The Body of Christ is a very close community. When


a CHRIST IS A member is suffering, Jesus in the member calls those of CLOSE


COMMUNITY


us who are strong to give assistance. When we are weak, Jesus in the other members comes to our assistance.


Every Col 1: 24-29 member of the Body is a gift to every other member. As we receive each other as gifts and care for one another, the Church becomes the Risen Body of the Lord.


OUR LIFE IS The image of the Church as the Body of Christ very


IN THE TRINITY clearly teaches us that we have our life only in the life of God---only in the Trinity. The Risen Jesus is the Son of the Father. When we are baptized and become members of his Risen Body we become what he is. We become sons and daughters of this


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