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Jesus’ Unity with his Disciples


JESUS’ UNITY WITH HIS DISCIPLES

Those who are united with Christ through the baptism of water and Spirit get incorporated into his mystical body. “Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” (CCC 1213). Jesus illustrated our unity with him in the parable of Vine and Branches (Jn 15:1-8). “Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:4-5).

While teaching on the Holy Eucharist he was planning to establish, Jesus said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:56). Hence, the Holy Eucharist nourishes the soul and keeps the bond between Jesus and his disciples.

Jesus shared his authority and power to preach the gospel and to do the works of God with his disciples. He continues that through his faithful followers. During his last supper discourse, Jesus said to the apostles, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it” (Jn 14:12-14).

The unity of Christians with Christ differs from the unity of the Father and the Son. Jesus shares unity in substance with his Father. The disciples are united with Jesus through his Church as a mystical body.

 


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