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The Gospel of the Body

April 17, 2010


Christ’s body, above all, justifies the expression “the Gospel of the Body.” Christ’s body conceived of a virgin, born in a stable in Bethlehem, circumcised on the eighth day, raised by Mary and Joseph, baptized in the Jordan river, transfigured on the mountain, “given up for us” in his passion and death, risen in glory, ascended to the Father and participating eternally in the life of the Trinity – the story of this body and the spiritual mystery it points to is the Gospel. And everybody that comes into the world is destined to share in this Gospel by becoming “one body,” one spirit with Christ.

– Christopher West, Theology of the Body Explained, 2

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