>Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!
No, the humor is not lost on me. Non-Catholics may say: You taught a group of teens about not having sex on the day you celebrate the holiest sex ever. But Theology of the Body is 100x deeper than “not having sex” and the Immaculate Conception was much more than holy love-making.
It will take the entire TOB series to cover the depth and completeness of the Theology of the Body, so that’s why I’m reporting our goings on here!
Nakedness without Shame
In the beginning, when Adam saw Eve, he experienced the most pure form of sexual desire ever felt. They had not eaten of the fruit of knowledge, so they were “naked without shame.” If you can imagine this: shame and embarrassment didn’t even exist because there was perfect Love. When Adam saw Eve’s body (and vice versa), he saw and experienced his call to love her.
The first parents had no need to cover themselves because there was no fear of being seen as an object to be used.
Unlike today. Thank you, Britney Spears.
Pope John Paul II referred to this call to make a gift of themselves to each other the nuptial meaning of the body. In the physical design of their bodies, Adam and Eve saw that their bodies literally fit together and they saw that their Maker had created them for a sacred communion. They were gifts for one another and in being so, they were able to mirror God in a sacred, albeit relatively small, way.
In the second chapter of Genesis, we read:
To exemplify that “questioning of the gift,” we showed this clip (it won’t let me embed it) from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
We don’t have to wait until the next retreat to transcend worldly things and feel God’s presence. Every time we review something in TOB or see something in our day that reminds me how great God is through the teachings of TOB, we can feel that overwhelming presence. Praise God!