In the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel we hear the Angel Gabriel say to Mary, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Though troubled our Blessed Mother said “yes” and she was impregnated with the Son of God. And “through the fact that the Word of God became flesh the body entered theology…through the main door.” St. John Paul II.
God’s mystery revealed in human flesh (theology of the body)—this is the very “logic” of Christianity. This “logic” is so close to us that we often miss it! In fact it is literally stamped into our bodies, created as male and female, and in our desire and longing to be “one-flesh”.
God intended marital union as an earthly sign of His own Trinitarian “exchange of love” and as a sign pointing to our destiny and the whole reason He created us from the beginning, so that we could share in that exchange! “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church” (Eph 5:31-32).
Jesus knows that we thirst. He knows that our longing and desire for love and communion run so deep that only intimate union and communion with God can satisfy us completely. He knows because he created us for just this purpose and came “in the flesh” to show us the way!
Jack Rigert, Director