In today’s papal audience with Benedict XVI, he spoke about “crazy love.”
The Pope contended that Christians of today face the same temptation confronted by the community of Corinth.
“Those Christians thought that, having been gratuitously justified in Christ by faith, ‘everything was licit.’ And they thought, and often it seems that the Christians of today think, that it is licit to create divisions in the Church, the body of Christ, to celebrate the Eucharist without concerning oneself with the brothers who are most needy, to aspire to the best charisms without realizing that they are members of each other, etc.,” he said.
“On the contrary,” the Holy Father continued, “following St. Paul, we should renew our awareness of the fact that, precisely because we have been justified in Christ, we don’t belong to ourselves, but have been made into the temple of the Spirit and are called, therefore, to glorify God in our bodies and with the whole of our existence. It would be to scorn the inestimable value of justification if, having been bought at the high price of the blood of Christ, we didn’t glorify him with our body.”
Thus, the Pontiff explained, "Christian ethics is not born from a system of commandments, but rather is the consequence of our friendship with Christ. This friendship influences life: If it is true, it incarnates and fulfills itself in love for neighbor. …] Let us, therefore, be overtaken by the reconciliation that God has given us in Christ, by God’s ‘crazy’ love for us: No one and nothing could ever separate us from his love. With this certainty we live. And this certainty gives us the strength to live concretely the faith that works in love."
I suppose his thought that got my attention was “that it is licit to create divisions in the Church, the body of Christ.” How easily we forget that we “don’t belong to ourselves” but are intimately united with each other. So much so, that “if one member suffers, all suffer with him” as St. Paul wrote so eloquently.
How good it was to read his reminder that we are all One Body in the “temple of His Spirit.” Share your thoughts if you care to.