Amoris Laetitia 63: Redeeming Marriage in Christ

amoris laetitia memeAfter citing Jesus in paragraph 62, Pope Francis quotes the synod bishops from the 2014 preliminary document:

63. “Jesus, who reconciled all things in himself, restored marriage and the family to their original form (cf. Mt 10:1-12). Marriage and the family have been redeemed by Christ (cf. Eph 5:21-32) and restored in the image of the Holy Trinity, the mystery from which all true love flows. The spousal covenant, originating in creation and revealed in the history of salvation, takes on its full meaning in Christ and his Church. Through his Church, Christ bestows on marriage and the family the grace necessary to bear witness to the love of God and to live the life of communion. The Gospel of the family spans the history of the world, from the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26-27), to the fulfilment of the mystery of the covenant in Christ at the end of time with the marriage of the Lamb (cf. Rev 19:9)”.(Relatio Synodi 2014, 16)

Living from the inside of a marriage, I would say this paragraph contains one gem and for modern cultures, one potential clunker. The agency of Jesus Christ indeed provides grace to those who enter into this state with a partner–this is an essential reminder. And it’s more than a reminder; it should be part of any couple’s good discernment, from before the beginning of the wedding day.

While I like the ennobling of Saint Paul and Saint John on this relationship, let’s face it: human marriage is a partnership of equals, and the Church’s relationship with the Bridegroom isn’t quite on the level of mutuality.

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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