Quote for the Day

Take this as a Christian axiom: (1) All statements and beliefs about Jesus are also statements about the journey of the soul (birth, chosenness, ordinary life, initiation, career, misunderstanding and opposition, failure, death in several forms, resurrection, and return to God). (2) All statements about “the Christ” are statements about the “Body” of Christ, too. We are not the historical Jesus, but we are the Body of Christ. “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name, but the field of communion that includes all of us with him.

— Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Shadwynn

    Such a wonderful quote! If anything, it helps us to see that the mythos of Jesus is a blueprint of the Inner Journey where Jesus becomes the archetypal Every One, the Way-shower back to the Source of All.

    But dear to my heart is Rohr’s second assertion: That the Christ is not just an individual, but a divinely *corporate* identity: “Just as the body is not one member but many, SO ALSO IS CHRIST” (I Corinthians 12:12[?]). What a revolutionary concept for the Church if only its members actually took such a revelation to heart in contemplative wonderment!

  • http://acatholicwomansplace.blogspot.com claire

    Thank you for this quote. I had never thought of (1) this way, whereas (2) somehow I always did (maybe because of Teilhard’s Cosmic Christ). I have a hunch, however, that the Body of Christ involves way more people than just Christians.