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November 12, 2017

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY (I)

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Articles 1601— 1605


"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of 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 a sacrament (CIC, can. 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1)." 

MARRIAGE IN GOD'S PLAN

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding-feast of the Lamb (Rev 19:7, 9; cf. Gen 1:26-27)." Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its "mystery," its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal "in the Lord" in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church (1 Cor 7:39; cf. Eph 5:31-32). 

Marriage in the order of creation 

"The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . …. . . God himself is the author of marriage ( GS 48 § 1 )." The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity ( Cf. GS 47 § 2), some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. "The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life (GS 47 § 1)." 

God who created man out of love also calls him to love the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love (Cf. Gen 1:27; 1 Jn 4:8, 16). Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator's eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation: "And God blessed them, and God said to them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it (Gen 1:28; cf. 1:31.'" Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: "It is not good that the man should be alone (Gen 2:18)." The woman, "flesh of his flesh," his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a "helpmate"; she thus represents God from whom comes our help (Cf. Gen 2:18-25). "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh (Gen 2:24)." The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been "in the beginning": "So they are no longer two, but one flesh ( Mt 19:6). " 

Very Reverend Ernest Biriruka, V. F.

 

12 de noviembre de 2017

EL SACRAMENTO DEL MATRIMONIO (I)

Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica
Artículos 1601 – 1605


"La alianza matrimonial, por la que el varón y la mujer constituyen entre sí un consorcio de toda la vida, ordenado por su misma índole natural al bien de los cónyuges y a la generación y educación de la prole, fue elevada por Cristo Nuestro Señor a la dignidad de sacramento entre bautizados" (CIC can. 1055, §1)

La sagrada Escritura se abre con el relato de la creación del hombre y de la mujer a imagen y semejanza de Dios (Gn 1,26- 27) y se cierra con la visión de las "bodas del Cordero" (Ap 19,9; cf. Ap 19, 7). De un extremo a otro la Escritura habla del matrimonio y de su "misterio", de su institución y del sentido que Dios le dio, de su origen y de su fin, de sus realizaciones diversas a lo largo de la historia de la salvación, de sus dificultades nacidas del pecado y de su renovación "en el Señor" (1 Co 7,39) todo ello en la perspectiva de la Nueva Alianza de Cristo y de la Iglesia (cf Ef 5,31-32).

EL MATRIMONIO EN EL ORDEN DE LA CREACIÓN

"La íntima comunidad de vida y amor conyugal, está fundada por el Creador y provista de leyes propias. [...] El mismo Dios [...] es el autor del matrimonio" (GS 48,1). La vocación al matrimonio se inscribe en la naturaleza misma del hombre y de la mujer, según salieron de la mano del Creador. El matrimonio no es una institución puramente humana a pesar de las numerosas variaciones que ha podido sufrir a lo largo de los siglos en las diferentes culturas, estructuras sociales y actitudes espirituales. Estas diversidades no deben hacer olvidar sus rasgos comunes y permanente. A pesar de que la dignidad de esta institución no se trasluzca siempre con la misma claridad (cf GS 47,2), existe en todas las culturas un cierto sentido de la grandeza de la unión matrimonial. "La salvación de la persona y de la sociedad humana y cristiana está estrechamente ligada a la prosperidad de la comunidad conyugal y familiar" (GS 47,1). Dios que ha creado al hombre por amor, lo ha llamado también al amor, vocación fundamental e innata de todo ser humano. Porque el hombre fue creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios (Gn 1,2), que es Amor (cf 1 Jn 4,8.16). Habiéndolos creado Dios hombre y mujer, el amor mutuo entre ellos se convierte en imagen del amor absoluto e indefectible con que Dios ama al hombre. Este amor es bueno, muy bueno, a los ojos del Creador (cf Gn1,31). Y este amor que Dios bendice es destinado a ser fecundo y a realizarse en la obra común del cuidado de la creación. «Y los bendijo Dios y les dijo: "Sed fecundos y multiplicaos, y llenad la tierra y sometedla"» (Gn 1,28).

La Sagrada escritura afirma que el hombre y la mujer fueron creados el uno para el otro: "No es bueno que el hombre esté solo" (Gn 2, 18). La mujer, "carne de su carne" (cf Gn2, 23), su igual, la criatura más semejante al hombre mismo, le es dada por Dios como una "auxilio" (cf Gn 2, 18), representando así a Dios que es nuestro "auxilio" (cf Sal 121,2). "Por eso deja el hombre a su padre y a su madre y se une a su mujer, y se hacen una sola carne" (cf Gn 2,18-25). Que esto significa una unión indefectible de sus dos vidas, el Señor mismo lo muestra recordando cuál fue "en el principio", el plan del Creador (cf Mt 19, 4): "De manera que ya no son dos sino una sola carne" (Mt 19,6).”

Muy Reverendo Padre Ernest Biriruka, V. F.

 

 


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