Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The physicality of Christian spirituality

Communion bread and wineAnd let me make it quite clear that when Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being ‘in Christ’ or of Christ being ‘in them’, this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them; that the whole mass of Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts-—that we are His fingers and muscles, the cells of His body. And perhaps that explains one or two things. It explains why this new life is spread not only by purely mental acts like belief, but by bodily acts like baptism and Holy Communion. It is not merely the spreading of an idea; it is more like evolution—a biological or superbiological fact. There is no good trying to he more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely’ spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.

Quotes from Mere Christianity, Part 30
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins: 2001) 63-64.

1 comment:

  1. Terry Lynn Madeleine DillonNovember 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I will forever adore C.S. Lewis! http://www.scborromeo.org/papers/bread.pdf

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