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By Fr Patrick McCafferty

The central theme of Pope Francis' message for the 53rd World Communications Day (Sunday, June 2nd) is Ephesians 4:25: "...for we are members of one another".

We are members of one another because we are joined to Christ as a body is joined to its head. St Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, came to understand this vital unity that is brought about between Christ and His Church and to teach it (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).

When Paul (formerly called Saul) was persecuting the early Christians, the Lord Jesus confronted him on the road to Damascus and put to him a question that stopped him in his tracks: "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" (Acts 9:1-18).

This question led to Saul's conversion and his life was radically redirected. Jesus' total identification with His suffering disciples profoundly changed Paul who came to understand our relationship to the Lord in terms of the human body's interconnectedness with its various parts and, essentially, with its head.

This marvellous analogy, which the Holy Spirit revealed, is fundamental to our knowledge of the life-giving union that exists between the Lord and His Church. It is an intimate and inseparable communion with the Father, through Christ, that is brought into being and sustained by God's own Spirit.

The Church is the communion of love with the Blessed Trinity - into which humanity is invited - by the Blessed Trinity. It is all God's work (II Corinthians 5:18) and the work of His Spirit (II Corinthians 3:18). The Church is visible in this world and is also in Heaven, "where Christ is, seated at God's right hand" (Colossians 3:1).

The Head of the Body in Glory communicates to His Body the Church, by the Holy Spirit, the Father's infinite Love. The Most Holy Trinity is grace, love and unity revealed to human beings for our everlasting joy and life.

The Church's World Communications Day is a call to be more deeply aware of the vocation to love which is the core of the Gospel message.

With greater ease and speed of how we communicate and interact, the responsibilities are all the more grave. Love and truth must be the central theme of every aspect of the message we have been entrusted by God to present in every age. The body is directed by the head.

So too, Christ communicates His life-giving Spirit from His Father and our Father. This bond of love unites us with God and one another to endure for all eternity.

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