Just what is the definition of marriage?

John Paul II helps us answer this question.  When the Pharisees asked Jesus about marriage and divorce, making reference to the law of Moses, Jesus took them back to Genesis.  He said, “Have you not read that He who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What, therefore, God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”  In other words, God made marriage for a man and woman to join as husband and wife.  Once married, they are no longer two, but one.  Going back to the question of divorce, which Moses allowed, Jesus said, “For your hardness of heart, Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.”  Did you notice Christ’s two references to “from the beginning”?  Jesus was there at the beginning.  He is God.

Today, we don’t ask so much about divorce, but rather homosexual marriage.  The answer is found in the same scripture, given to us by the Word Incarnate, the Son of the Living God, our Savior:  “man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.”  This is how it was meant to be “from the beginning.”  As John Paul II said, “In that answer, fundamental and elementary truths about the human being, as man and woman, were recalled.  It is the answer through which we catch a glimpse of the structure of human identity in the dimensions of the mystery of creation….”

To learn more, read the General Audience of Wednesday, 2 April 1980, Marriage in the Integral Vision of Man (about three printed pages).  This is where Pope John Paul II starts to develop his Theology of the Body, which I encourage everybody to study.

Published in: on May 30, 2012 at 23:25  Comments (1)  

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  1. Great post. Not to mention what the bible also says about homosexual acts. According to scripture such acts are sin, and hence it would be illogical for anyone to think that some how scripture supports homosexual marriage.

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