“The celebration of the Sacrament [of Marriage] cannot leave out [the] co-responsibility of family life in regard to the Church’s great mission of love. Thus the life of the Church is enriched every time by the beauty of this spousal alliance, as it is impoverished every time that it is disfigured” (Pope Francis, May 6, 2015).
Couples serve as allies for each other, allies of the Church, and allies with Christ in conquering evil using the power of love. This necessary mission is accomplished by receiving the graces that come from the Sacrament of Marriage and raising children who witness Christ in their parents so that they, too, will share Christ’s love with the world.
Every time a marriage fails to represent Christ’s love, the life of the Church (the community of Christians, also known as the Body of Christ on Earth) is weakened. The mission of love gets sidetracked by the forces of evil.
In marriage, we are not supposed to make vows of faithfulness only to our spouses; that would be so very limiting! We are joining Christ in his mission. We are uniting ourselves to the love of Christ, which is always trying to make the world a better place.
“To offer to all the gifts of faith, of love and of hope,” Pope Francis explained, “the Church is also in need of the courageous fidelity of spouses to the grace of their Sacrament!”
- How does married love invite others to know Christ?
- What is one thing I can do today that reveals Christ’s love?
Strengthen your relationship:
Name someone who has helped you understand Jesus. Share with each other on a story about this person, describing how his/her behavior revealed the character of Jesus to you. Then pray together, asking the Holy Spirit to help you reveal the character of Jesus to each other and to your family and to everyone else you encounter.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries