Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Sex and the Eucharist

That's right.

I was in the car listening to this CD my mom had in with Christopher West speaking on the relationship of the two, and I realized, among other things, that life is Mastroeni's class all over again, just that the written tests are replaced by the people we evangelize. We can listen to and take in everything our omnipotent God is sending us and telling us, or we can shut it out--we can study, or we can play games and fraternize. This isn't even my main point, but maybe it should be. Really think about it though. Maybe it'll give us all a little more reason to like class and a little more motivation to get things done.

On a different key, or those "other things," I also realized more the message that God gives us every day. This time it just happened to pertain to sex. The Eucharist, however, is the most important part of this realization. You see, marriage is meant as a joining of two into one flesh. As the Church, we are called to be one with Christ. Delved into our physical natures are the prefigures of how we are to be in relation to God. The woman is to open herself in the conjugal communion so that she may receive from the man and bear that gift to the world. We, as the Church of Christ, or His Bride, are to open ourselves in communion to Him, that we might receive Him, and bear Him to the world. Mary did this in the most perfect way showing us how to be real men and women. She was open to God and His will, and thus she truly received Christ and bore Him forth to the world. The more we receive Him, the more we become who we are meant to be. I have no doubt that, if it is our calling, when any one of us gets married, we will come to truly understand, for the first time the words at the consecration: Hoc est enim corpus meum quod pro vobis tradetur.

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  5. You're right Ry, this is an awesome topic, one my Dad and I have had several really good and sightly awkward conversations about when he was going over the West series.

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