Amoris Laetitia 62

amoris laetitia memeJesus is cited in this paragraph:

62. The Synod Fathers noted that Jesus, “in speaking of God’s original plan for man and woman, reaffirmed the indissoluble union between them, even stating that ‘it was for your hardness of heart that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so’ (Mt 19:8). The indissolubility of marriage – ‘what God has joined together, let no man put asunder’ (Mt 19:6) – should not be viewed as a ‘yoke’ imposed on humanity, but as a ‘gift’ granted to those who are joined in marriage… God’s indulgent love always accompanies our human journey; through grace, it heals and transforms hardened hearts, leading them back to the beginning through the way of the cross. The Gospels clearly present the example of Jesus who… proclaimed the meaning of marriage as the fullness of revelation that restores God’s original plan (cf. Mt 19:3)”.(Relatio Synodi 2014, 14)

The problem, of course, is one of credibility. On two fronts. First, though Genesis portrays an ideal of one man, one woman, Judeo-Christian history through Solomon maintained the ancient practice of polygamy or surrogate wives. Our faith was still beholden to cultural proprieties, especially heirs for the wealthy. Or indulgence for the powerful.

It seems we have motivations nearly as strong today: self-determination after marriages get into trouble.

The appeal in AL 62 is that Jesus inspires a recovery of an original ideal. It seems less an ideal far off, way up there, but one designed to emphasize the closeness of God in our choice to marry.

Thoughts on that?

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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