Week 1: Body - Day 1: Meditation
To start off our meditation this week I want to start with Pope St John Paul II and his Theology of the Body:
“The fact that theology also includes the body should not astonish or surprise anyone who is conscious of the mystery and reality of the Incarnation.” - JP2, TOB.
The Incarnation is God taking on human flesh and becoming man! God, the Almighty, the All Powerful, humbled Himself to be just like us. Not only are we created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), but He then took on a body for Himself. Through this, Jesus divinized the body as He, both body and soul, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. Therefore our bodies have this same opportunity to be divinized through Christ.
Do we look at our bodies or the bodies of others through this lens? As though God wants our body to be divine? Do we see others and ourselves truly, as an image of God?
“The body, in fact, and only the body, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It has been created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden from eternity in God, and thus to be the sign of it.” - JP2, TOB.
All that is physical in this world is making visible what is invisible, all of the beauty and goodness of this world points us towards God and towards a deeper reality and relationship with Him. Our bodies allow us to grow and learn what justice, mercy, sacrifice, and love really mean in order to come one step closer to understanding the love that God has for us.
In His strength,