What Faith Says About Marriage

The Definition of Marriage According to God

Dr. Ed Hogan, Director of Paul VI Institute and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, recently spoke around the Archdiocese on the topic of The Definition of Marriage According to God


The Natural Law

Natural Law shows that marriage is a union of man and woman that is open to life.


MarriageIsUnion and Procreation

The union of man and woman in marriage is a way of imitating in the flesh the Creator’s generosity and fecundity: ‘Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.’ All human generations proceed from this union. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2335

 


The Old Testament

The Old Testament shows that marriage is a union of man and woman that is open to life.

God created man and woman for union with each other:

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.” (Gen 2:24)

God calls man and woman, through their union, to have children:

God blessed them, saying to them “Be fruitful and multiply.” (Gen 1:28)

The relationship between God and Israel is described in terms of the relationship between husband and wife. (See Isaiah 54 & 62; Ezekiel 23; Hosea 2)


New Testament

Jesus affirms the Old Testament understanding of marriage:

“What God has joined together no human being must separate.” (See Matthew 19:1‐9 & Mark 10:2‐9)

At the Last Supper and on the Cross, Jesus made a complete gift of himself to us so that we might have life. Marriage is called to imitate that kind of union: husbands and wives making a complete gift of themselves to each other that is open to life.

We are made in the image and likeness of God. God is the Trinity. The Trinity is a communion of Persons whose union is lifegiving. Marriage is an icon of the Trinity: a communion of persons whose union is open to life.