If a trip requires us to take a long taxi ride to the airport, then board an airplane, then a ship, and finally ride a bus in order to reach our final destination, we would not feel one vehicle was more important than the other. Without all of them, we could not complete the journey.
We are on a journey—an immortal journey. Part of it is a physical journey, and its vehicle is a human body. How we treat our mortal bodies is as important as the attention we pay to our immortal souls. To think otherwise is to believe that we can avoid one leg of our journey.
The body is composed entirely of billions of cells, each cell a miniature universe where Divine Intelligence distills life from inanimate elements. When one stops taking the body for granted and pauses a few moments to study it, one sees the inestimable love that it took to design it. Eating food, drinking a beverage, breathing air—each act brings lifeless compounds into the body, to be broken down into their inanimate, elemental chemical units and then distributed to the waiting cells via the bloodstream.
All of this is miraculous enough, but when the lifeless chemical elements enter the cell, the real magic begins, for it is in the cell that inanimate elements are turned into life! And so the chemical elements in the cereal and milk we ate for breakfast, the soup and salad we had for lunch, and the chicken and vegetables we had for supper yesterday have literally become the walking, talking, laughing, thinking people we are today.
The elements of the universe have joined together, have birthed life, and have become an identifiable entity known as us—entities capable of contemplating their creator! The cells have turned lifeless elements into life itself—a feat no alchemist or wizard would ever begin to understand.
In this time of changing seasons, we are recommitting ourselves to taking care of our sacred temples, remembering that the human body is a gift from God, every bit as sacred as our immortal soul.