Sunday, January 15, 2012

How do I love thee?

In today's second reading for Holy Mass for the Second Sunday of Ordinary time (1 Cor 6:13-15,17-20) Saint Paul reminds us "Brothers and sisters: The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by His power."

St. Paul was addressing the people of Corinth who were straying from the teachings he had left them with when he was personally with them; thus he was attempting to reinforce his teachings.  Today that letter applies to us - as a people of God.  How have we strayed from God's commandments and in an attempt to "go with the flow" and not create dissension, have we been seduced into treating our own bodies as less than that which God intended?

If we believe that God has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us then our human bodies have become temples or houses for God's Holy Spirit.  And yet too many people allow their bodies to be used for less than Holy things.  Some are guilty of flooding their bodies with alcohol and drugs and others allow still others to use and abuse their bodies.  What we do with our bodies - what we put into our bodies and what we allow done to our bodies shows how we respect ourselves and the fact that God's Holy Spirit dwells in us.  

Jesus gave us two great commandments - #1 Love the Lord your God with your whole heart. mind, and strength and #2 Love your neighbor as yourself.  If we honestly loved our bodies as Christ commanded - then we would not be guilty of the abuse we wreck upon them.

How well do you love your body and what does that say about you and your relationship with God?

Deacon Dale