We will read in the second reading “Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the First born of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the invisible and the invisible…For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross, whether those on earth or those in heaven.”
John Paul II spoke these words on the day he became Pope
“Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and with Christ’s power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind. Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows “what is in man”. He alone knows it.
So often today man does not know what is within him, in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair. We ask you therefore, we beg you with humility and trust, let Christ speak to man. He alone has words of life, yes, of eternal life.
Quotes taken from Herni De Lubac “Catholicism Christ and the Common Destiny of Man”
“The supernatural diginity of one who has been baptized rests, we know, on the natural dignity of man, through it surpasses it in an infinite manner..Thus the unity of the Mystical Body of Christ, a supernatural unity, supposes a previous natural unity, the unity of the human race. So the Fathers of the Church, in their treatment of grace and salvation, kept constantly before them this Body of Christ, and in dealing with the creation were not content only to mention the formation of individuals, the first man and the first woman, but delighted to contemplate God creating humanity as a whole.”
“With this first sin it was this being whole and entire, which fell away which was drive out of Paradise and sentenced to a bitter exile until the time of its redemption. And when Christ at last appeared, coming as the ‘One bridegroom’ his bride, was once again the ‘whole human race.'”
“For the whole of human nature from the first man to the last is but one image of him who is.
‘The heavenly Father created all men in his image. His image is his son, his eternal Wisdom…who was before all creation. It is in reference to this eternal image that we have all been created. It is to be found essentially and personally in all men: each one possesses it whole and entire and undivided, and all together have no more than one. In this way we all all one, intimately united in our eternal image, which is the image of God and in all of us the source of our life and of our creation.’
St Ireneaus says “There is but one God the Father, and one Logos the Son, and One Spirit, and one salvation only for all who believe in him. There is but one salvation as there is but one God… There is one only Son who fulfills the will of the Father, and one human race in which the mysteries of God all fulfilled.”
“Whereas God is working continually in the world to the effect that all come together into unity, by this sin which is the work of man ‘the one nature was shattered into a thousand pieces’ and humanity which ought to constitute a harmonious whole in which ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ would be no contradiction, is turned into a multitude of individuals, as numerous as the sands of the seashore, all of which show violently discordant inclination…Augustine explains the matter similarly in a symbolical manner. After establishing a connection between the fur letter of Adam’s name and the Greek names for the four points of the compass, he adds: ‘Adam himself is therefore now spread out over the whole face of the earth. Originally one, he has fallen and breaking up as it were, he has filled the whole earth with the pieces.”
Christ like the Queen bee, Christ comes to muster humanity around him. It is in this that the great miracle of Calvary exists:
For a change of metaphor there is that in which Christ is likened to a needle the eye in which, pierced most painfully at his passion, now draws all after him, so repairing the tunic rent by Adam, stitching together the two people of Jew and Gentile making them one for always’