As I read the articles (2) written by an old friend, Christopher West, who is a well-known author and teacher of the Theology of the Body that was proposed by God and put forth by Saint John Paul II in his many talks on the Theology of the Body and his setting up the Institute on the Marriage and Family Studies, I realized that not only is it connected, it is essential to defeating the lies and misrepresentation of truths in our culture today about sex and marriage. I read, “The Good News About Sex and Marriage” almost 20 years ago, but the truth that Christopher West wrote about then is still true now. The truth that I believe he was talking about, and the truth that was being put forth by Saint John Paul II, as I read it, is that the family and marriage are consequences of fruitful reality of how we are created as human beings, made in the image and likeness of God. These realities can be lived out through a vocation that calls us to be single as well as married, because the ultimate goal is for union with God. If we are ever going to have hope of living out this truth about sex and marriage, we must first die to the truth that this world was made for us to consume, and not respect it as the creation of God, who put all things in an order that is necessary to enjoy them fully.
This is taken from the first reading of the Office of Readings yesterday, which was taken from the 14th chapter of the book of Revelation, verse 8. It says…
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, which made all the nations drink the poisoned wine of her lewdness!”
Is it a coincidence that this reading is shared with us by the church on the anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima appearance to the children in Portugal in 1917, or the anniversary of the shooting of Saint John Paul II in 1981? The NABRE of the Bible says, “the wine of her licentious passion.” Either way, I see that the angel in John’s vision could be talking about the fact that this misrepresentation of the truth about gender sameness that stems from Marxism, that is the poison that the world has drunk that does not require us to respect the differences that exist between the way a man and a woman are created. There are many reasons that Saint John Paul II is attributed with the fall of Communism, but the bad fruit of that attitude of gender sameness will have to be defeated by the soldiers that Saint John Paul II left behind.
The “Good News” that we see in the world today is that the Theology of the Body is revealing that we can respect the way we are created within the traditional understanding of marriage, but it will require a greater understanding of chastity and purity within our relationships.
The third angel has another message about the mark of the beast that I discussed in my last post. It is truly frightening, so I will include just the beginning of that message, and you can read the rest if you want to…(Revelation 14:9)
A third angel followed the others and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast or its image, or accepts its mark on his forehead or hand.”
I think we know what the mark of the beast looks like now, so we should do well to stay away from it. Today’s message from the gospel reading from Mass is that we should love our friends. My pastor and I just finished discussing that love does not accept that our friends are being misled by our culture to accept things about themselves that are not true. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)
For all my friends, please know that Jesus loves you in ways that I never could, because I am a sinner and I have fallen short of the glory of God. However, I hope and pray that all my friends will be made worthy of the glory of God, by coming to an understanding not only in some ambiguous understanding of who Jesus is in their life, but by actually receiving him in the Eucharist. (Read last post for more clarity on this issue or John 6...)