See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
28. The marriage between God and his people can be rocky. “God’s relationship with Israel is described using the metaphors of betrothal and marriage,” so when God’s people sin, our waywardness becomes a kind of “adultery and prostitution.”27 In Hosea, God’s love for Israel puts him in the position of a betrayed husband with a faithless bride. As God says to Hosea, “Go, love a woman who has a lover and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods.” (Hos 3:1, NRSV)
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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