First, I want to thank you for your generous response to our Commitment Sunday last weekend. Your Statement of Intent allows us to plan well for our future budget. We will have forms available after Masses this weekend and next for those who missed it. Thank you!
“What God has joined together, no human being must separate."
Jesus insists on the enduring fidelity of marriage. We know from mere human wisdom how beneficial this stability is in marriage, especially for the sake of the children, but in our Christian faith this fidelity is even more important. Marriage is the most common analogy Jesus uses for his relationship with us. The fidelity of Christian marriage is meant to reflect God’s fidelity to us, and God is perfectly faithful. We are called to similarly be faithful to God in all situations, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honor God all the days of our life. Sound familiar? The marriage vows reflect this desire for constant love.
Marriage is a Sacrament—an outward sign of an invisible reality that seals and strengthens the love of the spouses through the working of the Holy Spirit. True marriage involves Christ-like self-sacrifice and total commitment to the good of the other, the offering of prayer, fasting, and charity for the sake of your spouse. This is a staggeringly huge commitment! We should not enter into marriage lightly, nor should we allow ourselves to become complacent in our marriages. We are called to perfect fidelity of mind and heart in imitation of Christ. If we are struggling in marriage, we must fly to Christ for help. He who loved us to the end will provide what we need to love like Him.