If the church is the bride of Christ, and if the bride is one flesh with her husband, then it only stands to reason: The church is one flesh with Christ.
This is a good thing. Because Christ’s flesh is no longer here, on Earth. If it were not for this fact, then Christ would have no physical impact at all, anymore.
To think about a widow, or a widower brings us part way to contemplating this mystery. My grandfather died this year. He was an amazing man. Ninety-two years old. Still worked. Full of energy, enthusiasm, excitement.
There are many ways that he is not gone. But the most important, perhaps, is in the person of my grandmother. We went to this Chinese Buffet with her the other day. It was a place we’d often gone with them both. He was there with us, he was so very present at the table.
I guess this is why the church is so crucial. As has been often noted, there is no back up plan. We are it. And if we were truly one flesh, how could we resist? How could we refuse?
To say that the church is the body of Christ is to emphasize the fact that we are here while Jesus is not. But it is also often said that the Church is the bride of Christ.
After giving it a little thought, I realized that these two sentences really come down to the same thing. They cast different lights on different aspects of it. But if a bride is one flesh with her husband, then she is his body, in the same way that the husband is the bride’s body.