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THINK-PAIR-SHARE

When did your mom and dad get married? Where did they get married? How long are they married now?

Our parents consider their marriage as a very important milestone in their relationship. Their marriage marked their love for each other. God wanted from the very beginning to make marriage part of our lives.

A. WHAT WAS THE PLAN OF GOD FOR BOTH MAN AND WOMAN?

God created human beings to love and be loved. He created the first human beings, male and female, different but equal and He found it very good. (Genesis 1:27)

God to first woman: be fertile and multiply.

In this way, God blessed the first man and woman to have children and to share in His plan for creating the human family.

B. WHY DO WE SAY THAT GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF MARRIAGE?

To love is the most basic and innate call for man. That is why God created a suitable partner for each other. God willed and wrote at the beginning of human history that man and woman should love each other. (CCC 1604)

As in Genesis 2:24, That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two of them become one body. (CFC 1883). This does not speak of mere physical or psychological unity. It is about the promise of man and woman to think about and care for each other. (CFC 1885)

C. HOW DID JESUS INSTITUTE THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY?

When Jesus came, He elevated the love of a man and a woman for each other in the level of a sacrament. He said, so they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate. (Matthew 19:6)

Jesus made Matrimony as the sacrament in which a man and a woman become husband and wife and promise to be faithful to each other for the rest of their lives.

Jesus furthermore showed the importance of a marriage by attending the Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1ff)

Marriage has been an effective sign of Jesus love and presence. Jesus love therefore is made concretely present in the love of a husband and wife. This is what the Church celebrates in the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Jesus blesses the union of a baptized man and a baptized woman through the Sacrament of Matrimony. In this sacrament, He offers them special grace and strength to help them grow in love and share this love with their children (CCC 1641).