Easter and sex

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By Arnold Van Vugt

The Living Spirit

Sunday, April 27, 2014

SEX is a word that is full of ambiguities and contradictions. I believe sex is a mystery but it is also a taboo, something you may not talk about. Sex has to do with the human body. The body is male or female.

In Genesis it says that in the beginning God created man, He made them male and female. A little further it says: God made Adam and Eve. That is more concrete. He made them a man and a woman who must love each other and multiply. The writer of Genesis displays here a scene that is beautiful and mysterious. The man and the woman are a mystery, both a mystery in themselves. But then, in Genesis it says that Satan came to tempt Eve with an apple. That apple, of course, is a symbol, symbolic for the forbidden fruit, and the forbidden fruit is sex. Satan made something that is beautiful and pure into dirt. And so mankind started to deal with sex as an ambiguous matter.

I remember, when I was still a child, I used to go to confession every week. There I had to confess my sins. Usually, the only sin I could think of was the sin against the 6th commandment, the sin of adultery. I didn’t know what adultery was but it had something to do with sex, and sex I knew.


That is how I was brought up as a child. Sex was something dirty, something you don’t talk about. Even my parents didn’t talk about sex. There was no such a thing as sex education. Sex was a hot item. That is how they were brought up in the Church. The Church dealt with sex as something dirty.

Sex is connected with the body, the body of the man and the body of the woman. The body of the woman, created by God as something mysterious and beautiful, it became for me a source of temptation.

In Jesus of Nazareth God took upon himself a human body. When Jesus celebrated the feast of the Passover, He took bread, blessed it and gave it to his apostles saying: ‘Take this and eat it; this is my Body’. The Church has made this body into the sacred host of the Holy Eucharist. That is pure symbolic although the Church speaks of transubstantiation, that the substance of the bread changes into the substance of the body.

I wish, that the Church, instead of using the host, it would have used ordinary bread and distributed that to the faithful, especially to the poor so that they could have eaten the bread to satisfy their hunger. The Eucharist would have been another miraculous multiplication of bread.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, had a female body with a womb in which she bore the Son of God. She should have become the role model of all Christian women and a symbol for all Christian men.

In that case it would have resulted into a real Christian society where men and women love each other and bring forth real Christian children. Our society now shows that sex is an industry, the sex industry of pimps and prostitutes who sell the human body as a commercial ware.

We celebrate in the Church these days the Easter mystery, the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. Jesus rose with his body from the tomb and He showed it to his apostles that is was truly his body. Let us pray that we are not like Thomas who doubted that Jesus was really the Christ, until he could lay his hand into Jesus’ side and put his finger into the hole of his hands. Jesus said: ‘Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe’.


[Email: nolvanvugt@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 27, 2014.


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