“It is the image of God reflected in you that so enrages hell; it is this at which the demons hurl their mightiest weapons.” –William Gurnall
Blessed Pope John Paul II truly was a “social justice” kinda guy, but on a supernatural level. He believed in the “dignity of every human person” because he or she is made in the Image and Likeness of God! Therefore, every person is deserving not just of “social justice,” but of love.
I don’t know about you, but I think that love trumps social justice. Love means dignity, validation, irrevocable worth… not just food, clothing, shelter, and equal rights. Every human person is worthy of love.
Now, the word “love” is pretty loaded.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reads:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.”
And at what “price” were we bought with?
When we look to Christ on the Christ, who was Love, the message is simple. That’s the price that we were bought at. True Love. Love isn’t about good feelings. It isn’t about attraction. It isn’t about pleasure. We were bought with love… we were bought with sacrifice. The core of love is sacrifice.
Satan will try to tell us that the core of love is good feelings, attraction, and pleasure.
Demons “hurl their weapons” at us by trying to make us forget what love is about (sacrifice) and WHO Love is: Christ!
God said: “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26).
Like Christ, Whose image we are made in, we are capable of loving with sacrificial love. Yet how can that be?! In this day and age, it may feel nearly impossible.
Satan would like to destroy the world one lie at a time, by having people live for some disordered vision of love and failing to realize that their bodies are temples of God!
Let’s not listen to satan.
Feelings, emotion, pleasure… they will never bring you happiness. Christ, in His sacrifice, and in our call to be loved by Him and to love others in His name– that is, with a spirit of sacrifice, too– only that will bring us eternal joy.
Soldier on, O you warrior prince and princesses! You are holy temples of God Himself. Your bodies are the bearers of the Cross of Christ, in this land of Light (Who we know is the Victor) versus darkness!