Marriage2016Expressing the spousal relationship of Christ to the Church, Ephesians lets it be understood that on the basis of this relationship the Church itself is the “great sacrament.” It is the new sign of the covenant and of grace, which draws its roots from the depths of the sacrament of redemption, just as from the depths of the sacrament of creation marriage has emerged, a primordial sign of the covenant and of grace. The author of Ephesians proclaims that the primordial sacrament is realized in a new way in the sacrament of Christ and of the Church. For this reason also in the same classic text of Ephesians 5:21-33, the Apostle urges spouses to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ” (5:21) and model their conjugal life by basing it on the sacrament instituted at the beginning by the Creator. This sacrament found its definitive greatness and holiness in the spousal covenant of grace between Christ and the Church. Pope Saint John Paul II, Theology of the Body, 1997

“I am the good shepherd says the Lord, I know my sheep, and mine know me.”

 

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