Our bodies are temples of God. They are the vehicles which God has given us in order to serve Him and others. The spiritual aspects of ourselves can teach us much about the physical aspects, and vice versa. Each aspect is in relationship to the other. I am not myself without my physicality, nor am I totally myself if I only take into my account my body and forget about my emotions and desires for God.
I have noticed a connection between junk food intake and sin. For example, while at the grocery store, you pass by the frozen section. The ice cream looks so good, you reason. It comes home and you eat a heaping bowl. One bowl turns into two. You are then sluggish. You don’t have as much energy to do things in the service of God. After eating the junk and the effects set in, we wonder again why we chose that way. The junk leaves no room for the good things that will nourish our bodies. A steady diet of junk food doesn’t allow our body to function to the best of its ability.
Sin is the same. It pollutes our souls. It creates damage and pulls us further from the person we could be. We can make an excuse, saying it’s “the last time.” But we create habits by our actions. It may appear to be a good idea or to bring pleasure, but then we regret it later. Sin doesn’t bring fulfillment, and the consequences catch up to us. The further we are from God, the more we have let sin take a hold in our lives, the less we hunger for the Eucharist. Sin doesn’t leave room for God. We need to nourish our souls well, by reading Scripture, receiving the Sacraments, fellowship with other Christians, and prayer. Don’t let your diet become “junk food” for the soul. Stand firm against temptation and keep your eye on the prize.
Be empty of sin, that you may be full of Christ.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.“~1 Corinthians 9:24-25