The Flesh of Christ is the Vehicle to Give us Salvation and Eternal Life.

By Jaime Sevilla, M.Th., M.PM

When we meditate on this phrase pronounced by Archbishop Romero during this homily: “The flesh of Christ is like the vehicle to give us salvation and eternal life,” it is a phrase of great theological depth. Let’s try to meditate a little on it. By saying that the flesh of Christ is the vehicle to give us salvation and eternal life, we are talking about the four important moments of Jesus’ life: The Incarnation, His Public Life, His Passion and Death, and the Resurrection.

All humanity begins its redemption at the same moment of the Incarnation of the child-God, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From this moment, the flesh of Jesus Christ divinized, becomes that vehicle that takes us to the total transformation of our flesh; hence the importance of meditating, again and again, this divine event, since, in the Incarnation, a new history of our nature created in the uncreated of Jesus Christ begins.

Once Jesus begins to develop his life of childhood and adolescence, “... the child was growing in wisdom, age and grace, before God and men” (Lc. 2,52), he begins to learn and go raising awareness of the mission for which the Father had sent him. It is in these years of learning between the home of Nazareth, the Synagogue and the friends of the neighborhood; where Jesus is learning and acquiring the knowledge that is characteristic of his human nature. At the same time, precisely in this interaction with everything that surrounds him, he discovers every day that he is the bearer of good news, that he has to fulfill the command of his heavenly Father: save all mankind.

Then, Archbishop Oscar Romero is quite right when he says: the flesh of Christ is the vehicle to give us salvation and eternal life. Let us now move on to the second most important moment in the life of Jesus, during which the path of our salvation, that path that leads us to enjoy the sweet presence of the Father in eternity; we talked about the stage of His Public Ministry. Mark presents the beginning of this public ministry of Jesus, after His baptism by John in the Jordan River; and after going to meditate for forty days in the desert, he returns, to begin with, the call to his disciples (cf. Mc. 1, 9-19). It is precisely at this stage of Jesus’ life, where we receive his catechesis directly from him.

Jesus Christ patiently teaches us about the will of his Father and constantly invites us to imitate him, to believe in both his Word and his actions; He invites us to follow him and not be afraid to renounce ourselves and be holy. Peter reaffirms this through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “Lord, to whom we will go, only you have words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68). We can again see how right Saint Oscar Romero is when he says: “the flesh of Christ is the vehicle to give us salvation and eternal life.” The third moment is undoubtedly his passion and death, which are irrefutable evidence of the power of the flesh of Christ.

When he was dying on the cross, one of the thieves who was crucified next to him says, “Lord, remember me when you enter your Kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Before that prayer that springs from the deepest of the heart, Jesus answers: “Truly I tell you that you will be with me in Paradise today” (Lk. 23,43). It is beautiful to meditate how that flesh of Jesus Christ, even about to give the last breath of temporary life, overflows in love and mercy with those who cry out to him from the heart; he has no time to judge or reject a contrite and humiliated heart, Jesus Christ will always do whatever it takes to bring that salvation and eternity to our humanity; before, during and after his coming.

Therefore, we can say with conviction with Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero: the flesh of Christ is the vehicle to give us salvation and eternal life. And the fourth moment is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Once resurrected, he shared with his men, both women and men; everyone enjoyed being with him, as it was a strong proof that he had overcome one of the greatest enigmas of our existence: Death. But even, one of his closest, I was very doubtful of his resurrection and said: «Until I see the nail mark on his hands, not putting my fingers in the nail hole, and do not put my hand in the wound from his side, I will not believe. ”(Jn. 20,25)

It is amazing how human beings are. Thomas, although his friends told him that they had been with him, talked with him, did not believe. But our Savior does not let himself win in love and mercy, he had mercy on Thomas, and when everyone has reunited again, including Thomas, he said: “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas: “Put your finger here and look my hands; reach out and put it in my side. Stop denying and believe. ”(Jn. 20,26). We are witnesses again that after the resurrection, the flesh of Christ has power.

How right our Prophet and Martyr was when he said: the flesh of Christ is the vehicle to give us salvation and eternal life. Let us try to find in the flesh of Christ provided in the Holy Eucharist, strength and nourishment to achieve our salvation and eternal life. But we also managed to discover that flesh of Christ in the marginalized, in which he suffers, in the poor and in all those most vulnerable around us; We are certain that when we identify with them, we will understand this beautiful phrase of St. Oscar Romero: “the flesh of Christ is the vehicle to give us salvation and eternal life.”

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