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Marriage in the Gospel

Marriage in the Gospel
Not too many words and actions of
Jesus mentioned directly on marriage
and sexuality but from His ministry we
can derive the following:
• On the Matter of Love
• On the Issue of Marriage
– On the Wedding Feast Event
– On Questions on Divorce
– Celibacy in the Light of Marriage

Marriage in the Gospel
• On the Matter of Love
– Christ Preached about Love
– Same love, between man and woman
in marriage
• “Love one another as I have loved
you”
• Laying down one’s life for a friend
• Love calls for fidelity, unconditional
and forgiveness

Marriage in the Gospel
• On the Issue of Marriage
– Biblical accounts “Gospel of Love”
where Jesus explicitly treated the
issue of:
• Wedding Feast Event (Marriage)
• Question on Divorce
• Celibacy in the Light of Marriage

Marriage in the Gospel
• On the Wedding Feast Event
– The Wedding at Cana:
- First manifestation of His act of
redemption
– He showed value of the marital union
by attending to the wedding
– CCC affirms: Church attaches great
importance to Jesus being present at
the wedding
• the confirmation of the goodness of
marriage and
• marriage will be an efficacious sign
of Christ’s presence

Marriage in the Gospel
• On Questions on Divorce
– Jesus shared the joys of marriage
• showed the richness of married life,
presented clearly what this life
means and demands.
– Pharisees tested Jesus on divorce
• Jesus said no to divorce: “Man who
divorces his wife commits adultery”
• Affirms the original plan of God in
marriage: “exclusive and permanent”

Marriage in the Gospel
• Celibacy in the Light of Marriage
– State of being single
– Totally give up marriage and family
• To consecrate one’s self to Jesus
and His Salvific mission.
• To serve Him better
– Identified more with priest, nuns, lay
men and women
• Keep the vow of chastity

Marriage in the Gospel
• Celibacy in the Light of Marriage
“Jewish had high regard for
marriage for social function,
regarded unmarrried man as
strange”
– Celibacy serves as means for
appreciating the symbolic and
sacramental value of marriage.
– He offered an optional way of life:
continence for Kingdom’s sakes

Marriage in the Gospel
• Celibacy in the Light of Marriage
– Jesus’ teachings on celibacy
It is not opposed to marriage.
• The point of reference is Love and
source is God
• Marriage is bound to earthly reality
and aims to higher reality: in God’s
Kingdom
– where ‘Marriage’ will not be
necessary

Marriage in the Gospel
• Celibacy in the Light of Marriage
• Presents a wider, clearer picture of
heavenly reality, while still on earth;
– where love and commitment have
still to grow, mature and attain its
fullness,
– Same as life of marriage conveys
to those choosing celibacy as their
way of life.

Marriage in the Gospel
• Celibacy in the Light of Marriage
• Jesus brought back the institution
of marriage to its original perfect
state;
• He gave a new foundation and
bestowed it a religious and salvific
meaning in the Kingdom of God.
• Marriage becomes closely related to
the Old Covenant but also to New
Covenant.

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