See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

17. When teaching about marriage, Jesus himself refers to God’s plan and purpose in creation. When the Pharisees challenge Jesus with a question about divorce, his answer recalls that God created human beings male and female, and that husband and wife become one flesh.15 (Mt 19:3-12, Mk 10:2-12) Similarly, when the Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians about sexual ethics, he reminds them of the one flesh union of man and woman in creation. (1 Cor 6:16) When he writes to the Ephesians about marriage, he again reminds them of that union, and tells them that it is a “profound mystery” which refers to Christ and the Church. (Eph 5:32) Writing to the Church in Rome, he speaks of God’s nature and will being revealed in creation, and speaks of the many sins — including sexual sins — that arise from turning away from our knowledge of the creator. (Rom 1:18-32)


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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