Can soemone explan the symbal of Christ and his bridegroom? Also, can someone explan what is meant when someone says the Priest repersents Christ’s marrige to the bridegroom, the Chucrth?
Here’s my :twocents:…
In the New Testament, the relationship between Jesus and his Church is described in several different ways. Sometimes it is described in terms of a shepherd (Jesus) and his sheep (his Church) or in terms of a vine (Jesus) and its branches (his Church) or of a master (Jesus) and his household (his Church) or of a head of a body (Jesus) and the other members of the body (the Church). However, sometimes the relationship between Jesus and his Church is described in terms of a bridegroom/husband (Jesus) and his bride/wife (his Church), as St. Paul does at some length:
21Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. 25Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nurishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of his body. 31"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; 33however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:21-33)
Christ nurished and cherished His Church, as a husband his wife, while He was on earth. And before He ascended to heaven, Jesus (the bridegroom) commissioned the Apostles to continue His mssion, to nurish and cherish His Church (His bride) in His name, in His person, and this was to be done mainly through teaching and preaching His words and through the administration of the Sacraments (baptism, forgiving sins, anointing the sick, etc.). In order that Christ’s Church would be nurished and cherished until His return at the end of the world, the Apostles similarly commissioned other men as their successors to act in Jesus’ name, to act in the person of Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:10) These successors of the Apostles are the bishops, priests and deacons of the Catholic Church. When a Catholic deacon preaches or teaches or when he baptizes someone or witnesses a marriage, or when a Catholic priest absolves someone in Confession or consecrates bread and wine at Mass or anoints the sick, or when a Catholic bishop confirms or ordains someone, it is really Jesus Christ Himself, acting vicariously through His ordained ministers, who preaches, teaches, baptizes, witnesses, absolves, consecrates, anoints, confirms, and ordains. In this way, a priest acts vicariously for Christ (the bridgroom) to nurish and cherish His Church (His bride).
Thanks, so what does it mean if a nun si the “bride fo Christ”? Is that a symbal?