Sunday, February 3, 2013
a thought on the Anima Christi
This morning after returning from the altar, I was praying the Anima Christi, and when I came to the familiar line, "Body of Christ, save me," I was reminded of what blessed Paul the Apostle writes to the Romans, chapter 7, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" We can say, then, that the Body of Christ saves, or delivers, us precisely from our own body of death. I love this juxtaposition; and to be sure, it is not that the body is inherently bad and we must escape it. Rather, the salvation of our flesh lies in our entering by faith into the paschal mystery of the life giving death our Lord Jesus Christ. For the Christian, nothing could be more life affirming, and body affirming, than this Supper.