Membership: An address to the Society of St. Alban and St. Sergius, C. S. Lewis*
This is captured as an essay in a book of several essays. I will come back to it in some detail in the future, but wanted to get something out on it today.
No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as “what a man does with his solitude”. …We are forbidden to neglect the assembling of ourselves together. Christianity is already institutional in the earliest of its documents. The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are members of one another.
Imagine a honeymoon where the bride is separated from the groom. You can’t, or if you can, please extend my sympathies to your (former?) spouse.
The Christian is called, not to individualism but to membership in the mystical body.
A body is a whole, gathered together physically in one place. Try to imagine a body otherwise, and what will you have?
A dead body.
*I was made aware of this sermon by Paul VanderKlay.