Theology of the Body for Woman: The Developing Child in the Womb as the Old Testament Ages
What if the nine months of pregnancy symboize nine necessary sub-phases of spiritual activiy for the OT unto Jesus? Sound crazy? Come and see!
My first theory is that just as an individual saint has to go the ways to holiness–the purgative, the illuminative, and the untive–why not the People of God in a great historical sense? It does really work if you look at it.
For consider that woman in apocalypse, besides being the Ever Virgin, is also the People of God. Before the birth of the Child, she is the Old People of God, and after the child is caught up to heaven to rule the nations with ar rod of iron, the Woman cleary becomes the Church. Simiarly, St Paul describes Our Church as the Body of Christ, an individual person, like the Woman. This gives great encouragement to our thesis that the Peoples of God, both of Old and New, walk this path apocalyptically, or histrorically.
Let us work it out. Now, we need to get techinical. Although there are three ways if we break them down, they have five subparts as follows. Fisrly, all but one of the ways consists of a primary light, then a darkness. That is two sub-parts. So these two ways times two sub-parts, makes ffour sub-parts. The other way is only one part, the darkness. More specifdally: the illuminative and uniive ways have each first light, then darkness. But the purgative way doesnt have a preceeding light, only darkness. So, again, four plus one = five subparts. Here they are:
Purgative Dark Night of the Senses
Illuminative Way of Light
Illuminative wayf of darkness. dark night of the soul.
Unive way of light
Unitive way of darkness: Martydom
How do these work out?
the dark night of sense is whee the flesh doesn’t liike the spirit that comes in to bless the body and correct it. So it lashes out. Simiarly, when God created the Jewish People through Abbraham, he wanted to bless the world. But Egypt felt threated, like the flessh feels threatened by the spirit. Consequently, Egypt ensalved the Hebrews.
Eventually the saint beats out the sins and enteres the illuminative way, to grow knowing God and loving Him. Too, God deliverred the Hebrew People thruogh the Exodus and gave them the kingdom, and ultimately the prophets to illumine them and call them to love God better
But the saint has consolations and desolations during this way. For the prophets the consolations are growing close to God knowing that he is with them and dheir messages is true. The desolations come when the Jewish people resist the prophets and become more and more wicked.
dark night of the soul: the saint enters into a total desolation. All seems lost despair. Similarly, the prophets were surely despondent when the wickedness of the Jews was at its peak.
the unitive way of light: nevertheless the prophets are vindicated to Babylon. Babylon comes down and lays ways to the temple. The Jews are carried away into exile as God prophesied. But the Jewish people repented and where restored to the Holy Land. After this the temple was rebuilt and the Jewish people had a renewed relationship with God that enabled them to resist pagan influence for a long time until the Maccabees largely. Similarly the saint eventually emerges from the darkness of soul and end is into the unit of way. Here they have reached perfection and every step they take is with God.
finally the saint most empty himself body and soul into The Passion of the Christ martyrdom. In the similar vein the Jewish people went into their ultimate mature experience the martyrdom under Maccabees with the blasphemous King the Seleucid antiochus 4th epiphanies. The Jews were horribly persecuted but they entered upon a victory.
The next light was the first coming of Jesus a new age a new dispensation. Similarly after martyrdom the saint dies and enters the next age heaven.
So we have shown that the last phases of Old testament activity are five the way of the saint for the old people.
But now we need four more subphases to make nine like the woman.
FFor as I have written before there are two great reasons that God made us to know when to love him and others in this life and hopefully forever in the next
If we know and love God in this life we will not be wicked
AAnd if we live for the next life with God we will not be materialistic like babble.
SSo humanity then as a whole would seem to need to try to digest the antithesis of these two principles first before God sends the covenant of the old people.
And toward that end God must necessarily chastise this in order to make way for that prefiguring covenant.
Hen’s initially in Noah’s day the world was wicked the antithesis of baptisms repentance and so God baptized the world to the flood
AAnd when humanity became basphemously materialistic at bable God broke them up and married people the Hebrews.
This then enable God to start the covenant where they walk the ways then we have just seen.
And these introductory stages make up to four we were missing
Darkness light darkness light
darkness the wickedness of Noah’s day
light the flood
light the confounding of tongues and the marrying to the Hebrew people symbolizing the marriage in the next life
So 4 + 5 equals 9 total sub phases of necessary spiritual activity to prepare for the coming of the Messiah his birth into the world.
So there you have it. God me very well have intended woman to carry a child in her womb to develop in order to symbolize the Old testament to prepare for the birth of Messiah. Amen God bless you