World Marriage Day is celebrated this 6th week in Ordinary Time. The fifth chapter from Matthew’s Gospel talks about adultery and divorce. These are negative aspects of Sacrament of Marriage. The best way to understand this sacrament is to discover its positive meaning. I like to keep it simple and to keep it to five ideas. There are two kinds of love and three fruits. The two kinds of love are unitive love and procreative love. The three fruits are: faithful, permanent and fruitful. When faithfulness is broken we end up with adultery. When permanence is broken we end up with divorce. When fruitfulness is broken we end up with contraception. When the three fruits are broken the two kinds of love are shattered. To protect the Sacrament of Marriage for the next generation we cannot cheat on any of these five ideas.
I, as an unmarried person, am counting on married persons to promote, protect and defend the Sacrament of Marriage. I know forgiveness creates the unity that is required in unitive love. Let us celebrate the forgiveness of God and celebrate World Marriage Day.
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Rev. Andrew Kemberling, V.F.