Romans 125 so in christ we who are many are one body and each member belongs to one another 1 corinthians 12 to the church of god in corinth to those sanctified in christ jesus and called to be holy together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our lord jesus christ their lord and ours. The image of the body helps us to understand this deep church christ bond which st paul has developed especially in the first letter to the corinthians cf chap 12 first the body brings our attention to a living reality the church is not an charitable cultural or political association but a living body that walks and acts in history. The unique and true presence of the body blood soul and divinity of christ in the eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine the church invites the faithful to deepen their faith in the real presence of christ through worship and communion in the eucharistic liturgy and through the acts of adoration outside of mass. What does it mean that the church is the body of christ the concept of the body of christ is often used in the new testament to refer to the church the exact phrase body of christ is used three times first corinthians 1016 states the cup of blessing that we bless is it not a participation in the blood of christ. Body of christ body of christ the definition the body of christ is a common yet complex term used in the christian faith some may initially think we are talking about the physical body of christ as in his human form on earth but the term body of christ actually refers to the members of his church throughout history
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