The body is not meant for fornication: it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God, who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too.
You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ; do you think I can take parts of Christ’s body and join them to the body of a prostitute? Never! But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
Keep away from fornication. All the other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body.
Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.
Second reading for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 6:13-15,17-20
Daily, hourly, the human body is exploited not only for sexual gratification as an end in itself, but also as a key resource for marketing products from cars to cosmetics and most everything else.
Human persons are objectified and prettified to fuel our fantasies, and to alienate us from the truth about them and ourselves and our world.
The way of the Gospel seeks to lead us more firmly back to the purpose of Creation, our lasting fulfilment and the glory of God.
Carving in clay of St Francis and St Clare, by Andrea Jolii, Assisi. (c) 2014, Allen Morris