Hi, Justin (way cool username you have! Justin ROCKED. He died bearing witness to the truth. Am I right when I paraphrase his response to the Stoics who were so angry that he beat them in debate that they threatened to kill him, Justin said, “I mean, do you honestly think that after I spend my whole life looking for the truth, and I finally find it in all its glorious splendor, that I would then just give it up for a few more pathetic years on this earth?!”)
Anyway, here’s an even more beautiful reason to look at this. Admittedly, HOW God actually intervened in creating, at a bare minimum, the souls of Adam and Eve, and perhaps their physical bodies, is not as important as the great meaning and depth of what I believe JPII’s theology of the Body sees here.
Remember, human sexuality is the most profound of sacraments in Creation, for it manifests the ultimate meaning of our creation: to give and receive love, to be united utterly in intellect and will, in eternal penetration of one another and with God. And ultimately, it is this eternal and unending and immeasurable embrace that constitiutes the “Central Mystery of the Christian Faith”, the TRINITY!
Hence, the meaning of how woman is taken from man can be a symbol of this: God the Father, Eternal in Love and Power, proceeding from noone, is such life giving and fruitful love that He BEGETS an Image of Himself, and Image that is FULLY of His Essence, equal in Dignity, and therefore DIVINITY, that is, the Eternal SON. And the Love and Knowledge shared between the Father and the Son, being likewise Infinite is Scope is so indescribably wonderful, that it BECOMES another Divine Person, the Holy Spirit.
So then, just as the Son “proceeds from the Father”, being of the same essence and Divinity, so “Eve” proceeds from Adam and is fully of the same essence, totally equal in dignity, just as priceless a creature as Adam, called to give and receive love in total penetration of intellect and will eternally. And the love between man and woman is so fruitful and deep and wonderful that it can BECOME another totally priceless creature, a child!
This is the marvel of the mystic, JPII. If only persons knew how beautiful and immensely deep was his theology, this world could be utterly transformed.