We are so loved by God as human beings. God did not need us, and yet He created us out of pure love. He made us in His image and likeness to love and be loved. When we say that He created us in His “image and likeness,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that we look like God, but we have been created with an intellect and free will like God. This sets us apart from all other creatures and things that God created.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 God could have saved us from sin in an easy way – instead through the Incarnation, He became one of us – fully human and at the same time fully divine. He experienced all of the feelings – both physical and mental – that human beings feel, but without sin. He was crucified and rose from the death to save humanity from the destruction caused by sin, so that we could truly become sons and daughters of God and gain eternal redemption.
Blessed John Paul II was an amazing human being. He was humble, yet good-looking. He was kind, charismatic and had a way with both the young and the old. In his younger days, he was an actor and an athlete. His example of accepting and offering his personal suffering in his later years was inspirational. He was an example to all that one can truly be both “cool” and “holy.” Through his study of scripture, John Paul II was inspired to give a series of talks from 1979 to 1984 on “how the body reveals that human persons are created in the image and likeness of God, as male and female , with freedom for loving relationships. Theology of the Body answers two big questions: Who am I? and How should I live?” (Theology of the Body for Teens, Middle School Edition, Ascension Press, 2011)
His teachings on love and the sanctity of our bodies are incredibly beautiful, and provide a very healthy and holy way of looking at sex – as a word that describes both who we are and a thing we sometimes do.
Stay tuned for my synopsis of Lesson II –