On Facebook, something called “World Naked Gardening Day” is trending.
I didn’t click on the link to learn more, but from hovering my cursor over the words I learned that World Naked Gardening Day is an “Annual Holiday Celebrating Nudism in Nature…” and it’s on May 7th.
The reason I’m writing about the day is because, as a Catholic who sees it as his duty to spread Jesus’ teachings, love, and empathy to all people (Mark 16:15), I think it’s important that “fringe groups” like nudists are acknowledged. I believe that it’s un-Catholic of me to act like people who go naked don’t exist. Because, if World Naked Gardening Day is anything to go by, such people do exist.
Though I myself am not a nudist, I think it’s beautiful that there is a day dedicated to gardening naked.
Because such a day reminds me that God originally wanted Adam and Eve — and, thus, the whole human race — to be “naked without shame.” (Genesis 2:25) And where did God put Adam and Eve? In a garden.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. (Genesis 2:15)
…the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)
Then the Devil came and messed everything up.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. (Genesis 3:7)
So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)
World Naked Gardening Day is a reminder of the paradise that was lost.
But the day is also a reminder of the promise that God made to us (human beings).
World Naked Gardening Day is a reminder of the promise from God that, if we love Him and always strive to do His will, the day will come when, hearing the words “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21) we will experience happiness and freedom that goes beyond the happiness and freedom that comes with not wearing clothes. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
To everyone who is celebrating World Naked Gardening Day:
May you, and everyone you celebrate it with, experience peace, freedom, and happiness as you do the work that God originally created you to do (cultivating and keeping a garden) in the state that He originally created you to do it in (naked).
We live in an imperfect world. We can never, in this life, live exactly like Adam and Eve lived in the Garden. Taking off clothes is not going to change that. But: May going naked remind you “I was made for something better than this.”
You were made to love. And you were made to be loved. (Genesis 1:27)