Romance and Repentance
This year some rare timing happens on the calendar: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day. A day of “romance” and a day of repentance coincide. It is always a great time to hear from our Lord; this occasion seems a particularly timely one for us to hear from Him on romance and repentance… sexuality and our souls.
God is the author and giver of the gift of sex. From the beginning he has said:
“It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 …So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”