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all the people, even when divided or dispersed, are represented.  The Old Testament theology of assembly contains the rudiments of New Testament eccle­siology, but Jesus was to radically modify it.

It is the Risen Lord who assembles humanity.  The divine plan of salvation was accomplished in Jesus.  The universal gathering (banquet, net ...) will be around the Crucified One who was raised from the dead.  Jesus was the active contribution in the recon­struction of the community.  God's plan cannot succeed unless people cooperate.  God's plan confronts people with a task, a program to be fulfilled, the plan of salvation.  Jesus becomes the Cornerstone.  And ALL people are called to cooperate.

The church becomes the mystery or sacrament of universal reassembly.  On Pentecost the tiny apostolic community realized that it was the assembly of the final times foretold by the prophets.  An assembly formed around the Risen Christ was formed.

The universal church is not the sum of local churches but the communion of these churches, because their mission is to convey her mystery and universalism.  Here we see the active function of the individual contribution of each member.  The priest, of course, because he is the minister of Christ as Head, acts to convoke in a particular way, but every member has his part in the summons.  No one is excluded on the basis of sex,

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