THE SIGN OF HIS LOVE
"They are no longer two but one flesh." — Mark 10:8
The Catholic Church has suffered heavy losses through the scandalous sexual sins of a few priests. These priests were ordained in the sacrament of Holy Orders to be a sign of God's love for His people. Instead, the sign the world reads through the sins of these priests is that the Church is no longer trustworthy.
Catholic married couples are also a sacrament, through the Sacrament of Matrimony, an outward sign of God's love for the world. God so loved the world that He created us male and female (Gn 1:27). He poured out His love in our hearts (Rm 5:5) so that married couples would take the lead in showing broken, bruised humanity how much God loves them. Therefore, no Catholic married couple should ever criticize a priest for being a poor sign of God's love. Instead, they should look in the mirror, for a married couple is called to be a great sign of God's love. One marriage rich in God's love can greatly build up the Church. Far too many Catholic marriages in the USA end in divorce. No wonder the Church is weakened! People simply read the signs and conclude that God is not with the Church because wives and husbands don't love each other (cf Eph 5:23-25, 29-32).
Couples, your marriage is not just about the two of you. Your marriage "has been decided in heaven" (Tb 7:11). Renew your love for each other "not because of lust, but for a noble purpose" (Tb 8:7) of building up the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Father, may all married couples reading this renew their vows to You and to each other today. Unite them in Your love.
Promise: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body." — Gn 2:24
Praise: "Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord Who made us. For He is our God" (Ps 95:6-7). Praise You, risen Lord!
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 3, 2018.
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