With summer here and people already working on their tans; magazine articles are beginning to shift toward things like How to Get a Perfect Beach Body, This Years Best Waterproof Makeup and How to Look Less Terrible After Swimming in the Ocean. Among these headlines is usually “Hottest Summer Hook-ups” or something to that extent.
While the idea of these “hook-ups” might seem appealing and exciting, it is not something that should be considered praiseworthy. In all honesty, hook-ups are only about self-gratification and using someone else’s body as an object of pleasure.
I would like to propose an idea contrary to this—the idea of summer love. You might be thinking “Wait, aren’t they the same exact thing?” Well the answer is no. I’m not talking about the “Summer Lovin’” Grease stylization of a glorified hook-up… I’m talking about love—in the summer. I’m talking about mutual respect for another person’s body and soul. I’m talking about Christ-like love.
In his 1st letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul famously presents what love is and also what it is not. He writes “it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests it is not quick tempered it does not brood over injury” he says “Love is patient, love is kind”.
This kind of love is what we should give and also hope to receive from those around us. The great thing about this type of love that it is not limited to one type of relationship. It is possible for us to treat everyone around us this way.
So ditch the summer hook-up mentality and take the summer love challenge. Try loving everyone around you and showing them the type of love that Christ desires to give them. Be that light of love in the world.
This will provide so many opportunities for happiness and healing for you and for those around you. It could change their lives and it definitely will change yours.
I will be praying for all of you as you embark on this lifelong journey of love.
God loves you so much and so do I.
1 Corinthians 13
Rebekah Hardy lives in New Jersey and is a sophomore at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland where she majors in Theology and minors in English. She enjoys playing sports, praying the Rosary, and drinking iced coffee. Her blog can be found at catholiclifesite.wordpress.com and her twitter handle is @bekahhardy7.