…and the two of them become one flesh. 07Oct2018

Pope Saint John Paul II begins his Theology of the Body with a reflection on today’s encounter and Jesus’ reference to the story of Creation in Genesis with the keen words, “from the beginning.” Jesus does not involve Himself in the juridical discussion with which the Pharisees intend to entrap Him. Instead, He directly sites scripture from the beginning to show them what God, in His great Wisdom, intended for humanity. Jesus makes two points.

First, He summarizes the words of Gen. 1:27 which reads,  God created man in His image, in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them. If both are created in the image of God should not both be of equal dignity, even though different? Of course! One is not better or greater than the other but both, bearing the Imago Dei, are equal and greatest in His creation.

Secondly, Jesus references Gen. 2:24 with the words, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. How can this union be subject to domination by one or the other if both are created equally in the image of God? In becoming one flesh there has to be a total sacrifice of one to the other. It is this sacrificial love that forms the bond of marriage and becomes the foundation of family.

Jesus rhetorically joins these two points with a conclusion, introduced by the word, therefore. “What God has joined together, no human being must separate. He declares marriage to be of God. It is truly sacramental in its essence.

If we consider the many deviations Satan has devised to lead us into sins of defilement against these Truths, then we must conclude that he knows something we don’t and he is working extra hard to keep us from experiencing the beauty of marriage, which God intended from the beginning.

Deacon Richard


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