This sacrament reflects the nature of creation when God made man and woman to be in equal partnership as stewards of the earth and its ongoing creation.
As with all such deep commitments to God and another, good preparation enables couples to explore what this means for their shared faith journey.
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My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
I would like to continue to with my reflection on the Sacraments. The next one that comes to mind is Matrimony.
We see in THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH:
"The matrimonial covenant, which a man and woman establish between themselves a partnership of for whole life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring: this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of the sacrament"
As we look at the above paragraph, we can see the ideal presentation, like all Sacraments, that they are very focussed of having Christ in the centre.
We see couples share their matrimonial life on three levels: Firstly, as covenant with Christ. Secondly, as a Civil contract between each other, and thirdly, as an agreement between each other.
In the first level, we can see that Christ demonstrates a Divine Love expressing in human form. This is a relationship that is only humanly broken at the moment of death and continues with the Divine Love for ever.
In the Second, we can see that the couples demonstrate a human love for each other. This is a relationship that can be broken by a Civil court.
In the Third, we can see the Couple demonstrates a human love for each other. This is a relationship that can be broken at the wish of either party.
We are not here to make any judgement on individual or couple, since they are a part of God's creation. I could say much more, but I believe that it is more important to pray for all the above couples on their journey to the Creator, that they use Christ as the foundation of their relationship where they can see the possibility, "the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
Share our care in the Lord. Your brother in Christ. Ian.