Final Report to Pope Francis, Part II: The Family in God’s Plan (2nd in the series)

  1. “The Gospel of the family begins with the creation of humanity in the image of God who is love and calls man and woman to love according to his likeness (cf. Gen. 1: 26, 27). The vocation of the married couple and the family to a communion of love and life continues in all stages of God’s plan.”
  1. “This vocation receives its ecclesial and missionary form from the sacramental bond which consecrates the indissoluble, conjugal relationship between a husband and a wife. The exchange of consent…implies the couple’s commitment to mutual self-giving and receiving, which is total and definitive…’in one flesh’” (Gen. 2: 24).

CHAPTER I: THE FAMILY IN SALVATION HISTORY

  1. The Divine Pedagogy (God’s instructions)
  • “the order of creation is determined by its orientation to Christ” (cf. Col. 1: 16)
  • “the plan of creation is fulfilled through successive stages in the order of redemption”
  • “the novelty of the sacrament of matrimony in continuity with natural marriage as it was in the beginning.”
  • “Christians gladly and reverently lay bare the seeds of the Word which lie hidden among their fellows. (Ad Gentes II)”
  • “the incorporation of the believer into the Churchthrough baptism is completed in the other sacraments of Christian initiation.” (Eucharist and Confirmation – Bp. D.G.)
  • “in the family the believer starts that ‘dynamic process, one which advances gradually with the progressive integration of the gifts of God (Familiaris Consortio, 9)’” (we need to have a program in the Family and Life Ministry which covers womb to tomb; a progressive program. To be designed, Bp. D.G.)
  • (this dynamic process is realized through “ongoing conversion to the love that saves us from sin and gives fullness of life.” Bp. D.G.)
  • “amidst the challenges of contemporary society and culture, faith looks to Jesus Christ and seeks to contemplate and adore his face.”
  • He looked with love and tenderness on the woman and men whom he encountered and accompanied their steps with truth, patience and mercy in announcing the requirements of the Kingdom of God.”

‘Every time we return to the source of the Christian experience, new paths and undreamed of possibilities open up’ (Francis, address at the prayer vigil in preparation for the Synod on the family, 4 October 2014)’

Note.  Bishop presents here some helpful biblical verses regarding marriage and family.

In general on sexual immorality

Lev. 18: 1-30   –  conjugal relationships

Lev. 20: 3-21   –  offenses against the family

1 Cor. 6: 9-11  –  immoral lives, idolaters, adulterers, sodomites

Galatians 5: 18-21       –  fornication, gross indecency, sexual irresponsibility, etc.

Ephesians 5: 3-6          –  fornication or impurity in any of its forms or promiscuity.

Eph. 5: 21 – 6: 4          –  The morals of the home

Mk. 7: 20-23               –  fornication, theft, murder, adultery, etc.

Colossians 3: 5-11       –  Gen. rules of Christian behavior.

In particular

  • Abortion –  Exodus 20: 13; 21: 22.  Psalm 127: 3

Amos 1: 13.  Gen. 9-7

  • Adultery – Leviticus 23: 10-11. 1 Corinthians 6: 9.

Mk. 7: 21.  Jh. 8: 4-11.  James 2: 11.  Numbers 5: 19-22. Ex. 20: 14.  Lev. 18: 20.

  • Birth Control/Contraception –  9: 1.  Ps. 127: 3-5. Gen. 38: 9 (Onan)
  • Divorce –  19: 6.  Mk. 10: 9.  Malachi 2: 16.
  • Euthanasia/Assisted suicide/mercy killing. 2 Kings 1: 8-10. 2 Samuel 1: 8-16. Judges 9: 52-57.  Ecclesiastes 8: 8-9.  Job 1: 21.  Romans 5: 3-5.
  • Fornication –  1 Kings 14: 24.  Revelation 21: 8.  22: 15.  Galatians 5: 19.  Ephesians 5: 3.  Mk. 7: 21.  Col. 3: 5.  1 Corinthians 13: 20.  1 Cor. 6: 14-20.
  • Homosexuality/same sex marriage. 18: 22; 20: 13.  Romans 1: 26-27.  Gen. 19: 5.  Judges 19: 22.
  • Child abuse/violence. 18: 21.  2 Kings 8: 12-13.  Proverbs 19: 18.  Mk. 9: 42.  Mt. 18: 6.  Eph. 6: 4.  Col. 3: 21.
  • Violence on Women –  Exodus 21: 25; 22: 15-17.  Deuteronomy 22: 28.  3: 19.

Respect people.  They are temples of the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor. 3: 16-17.

  1. The Icon of the Trinity in the Family

“The family is the image of God.”  “God is a communion of persons.”  “In the human family…the ‘image and likeness’ of the Holy Trinity (cf. Gen. 1: 26) is now visible, a mystery from which flows all true love… The covenant of love and fidelity…illuminates the principle which gives form to every household, and enables it better to face the vicissitudes of life and history.”

  1. The family in Sacred Scripture. “Through the fruitfulness of their love, man and woman continue the work of creation and collaborate with the Creator in salvation history through successive genealogies (Gen. 1: 28; 2: 4; 9: 1, 7; 10; 17: 2, 16; 25: 11, 28: 3; 35: 9, 11; 47: 27; 48: 34).

“one flesh’ (Gen. 2: 24) finds expression in love (Cant. 2: 16; 6: 3) meaningful in this Canticle is the “intertwining of sexuality, eros and love, physical embrace, etc.” “Covenant of love between God and his people” can be seen in the nuptial symbolism used by Isaiah (Ch. 54); Jer. 2: 2; Ez. Ch. 10.  Hosea writes about “the ordeal he endured in marriage (Hos. 1-3) as well as the infidelity of Israel (Hos. 11: 1-4).

  1. Jesus spoke on marriage and the family. Gen. 1: 27, including its fruitfulness (1: 28); unity of marriage (Gen. 2: 24).  Moses granting possibility of divorce (Deut. 24: 1ff).  Indissolubility of Marriage (Mt. 10: 2-9).
  1. Jesus and the family. He came in a family.  Jesus saw Mary’s and Joseph’s “faithfulness lived in love.  Miracle at Cana.  (Jh. 2: 1-11).  Fullness of marriage (Mt. 19: 4-6).  Friend of Lazarus’ family (Lk. 10: 38), and Peter (Mt. 8: 14).  Heard cries of parents for their children, raising them to life (Mk. 5: 41; Lk. 7: 14, 15).  Merciful.  Meeting with Samaritan women (Jh. 4: 1-30), adulteress (Jh. 8: 1-11).  Kingdom of God is the criterion on which every relationship is defined (Mk. 6: 33) “…revolution in affection…is a radical call to universal brotherhood.”

(Next issue: Part II, Chapter II.  THE FAMILY IN THE MAGISTERIUM OF THE CHURCH)

Back to: COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop (No. 868 March 11, 2016)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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