HEAVENLY BODIES

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The difference between what is holy and what is  unholy should  not  escape   the  eyes of  a Christian, because it has a direct bearing on the   paramount  question of  his salvation. As righteousness  has no partnership with lawlessness and as light has no fellowship with darkness (2 Cor 6:14) so is holiness  distinct from   impurity. The fountain of all holiness is God and  the  source of everything unholy is Satan, who is also the  author of all lies.

Jesus has told us that the  father of those who  stand against him is also the devil (Jn 8:44). Paul the Apostle  knew  exactly the distinction between  what is holy and what in unholy and exhorted  his people; ‘Therefore come  out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be your father, and you shall be  my sons and  daughters, says the Lord Almighty’ (2 Cor 6:17-18). 

The devil too knows what distinguishes  holiness, a realm that is beyond his  reach, from impurity that characterizes  his domain. So he takes pleasure in  defiling  what is  holy. This is the  reason why  he wastes no opportunity to  insult the  Most Holy Eucharist. None  knows the  value of  the Holy Eucharist that contains the  true body and blood of  the  Son of God, better than Satan. Nobody needs to  teach him  that the bodies of those who  receive the Holy Eucharist are consecrated to heaven.

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us  of  the sacredness of   our bodies. ‘Do you not know that  your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?’ (1 Cor 6:19). The supernatural  sacredness of our bodies is not something  that we earned by our  efforts, but the result of  our Lord’s sacrifice in cross and  because of the work of  the Holy Spirit  whom he poured upon  us. In short ‘by the grace of God we are what  we are’. The apostle reminds us again; ‘You are not your own. For you were bought with a  price; therefore glorify God in your body’ (1 Cor 6:20).

Our body is a temporary abode for the  Spirit.’…These mortals who were made of earth a short time before and after a little while go  to the earth from which all mortals are taken, when the time comes to return the  souls that were borrowed’ (Wis 15:8). The devil knows that the short period of human life when the Spirit is present in the human body is the apt time to insult  the divine. In fact, of all the activities  that he does, the devil derives maximum pleasure out  of  hurting God, and  hurting the  divine part of human self is an easy way for  him to  enjoy this perverted pleasure. We should view the schemes of  the evil spirit to  trap us in sins of the  flesh  in this backdrop. His  only intention is to  fill the  bodies of Christians, that have received the  Holy Eucharist and  that are consecrated  to the Holy Spirit, with every kind of impurity.

The Book of Revelation  uses the imagery of a great whore to describe  the wave of  sins against  holiness that is set to flood the world in the end times. The Scripture testifies that ‘with the wine of (her) fornication the inhabitants of the earth have  become drunk’ (Rev 17:2). ‘Clothed in  purple and scarlet’, this whore was seen  ‘holding in her hand a golden cup  full of abominations and the impurities of  her fornication’ (Rev 17:4). ‘She has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul bird, and a haunt of every foul and hateful beast’ (Rev 18:2). The devil’s wish is to  flood our  sacred bodies with this  seemingly unstoppable flood of  impurity. 

If the  minions of the devil have set their eyes on the  sacred bodies of Christians, know that they  are set to buy our bodies again for slavery, from where our Lord once redeemed us  by paying a  heavy ransom in the form of his precious blood. By defiling the body of the believer the  evil one   thinks that he can  mock the Holy  Spirit at his  very abode. Just like Jesus Christ, our bodies are also supposed to transform into  a heavenly body and we have received  its token in the form of  the Holy Spirit. How happy will then the  devil be, when  he  gets the  opportunity to  defile those  precious bodies and desecrate the homes of the Holy Spirit!  

Now think. Are we nourishing our bodies with  Holy Eucharist    and other sacraments to make it a tool of  pleasure  for the ancient serpent who stands as the eternal  enemy of  God and who, by the same reason, is our enemy too?

Those who deny the divinity of Jesus Christ are ignorant of the merits of his precious blood; nor do they know the glory of his  holy body. They fail to  understand   who the Holy Spirit is; but they know  that the  bodies of Christians are  sacred for reasons that  escape their reason. So they do what  their father commanded them; defiling the bodies of Christians!

We should shed tears for our children who, closing their eyes to Jesus Christ the eternal light, fly into the black veils of  darkness. They need our prayers. They do not know that their journey ignoring the  sun of righteousness (Mal 4:2) is towards  deep blackholes  from where no return is  ever possible. When they miss the point that  a heavy price will be  demanded from those who  mock the  spirit of  grace,  as heirs to that grace, it is our duty  to remind them.  To remind them and also us it is written in the letter to the Hebrews; ‘How much worse  punishment do you think will be deserved by those who have spurned the Son of  God, profaned the  blood of the  covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace?’ (Heb. 10:29).

Our bodies are  something that are sown  perishable  but to be  raised imperishable (1 Cor 15:42). So it should be our  ultimate  goal to  stay  away from everything that  has the  prospect of  defiling our bodies, that are  though sown in  dishonor, are destined to be raised  in glory. 

Let us pray for the grace to keep a safe distance from everything that would bring  dishonor to our bodies. Let us also pray for  getting the  discernment to know the snares set by the  devil to lure us into  impurity.

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