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Seeing Jesus in Each Other

What is the point of marriage? To understand the point of marriage, we need to first understand the sacramentality of marriage. What is a Sacrament? It is a visible sign of an invisible reality, instituted by Christ as a source of grace. In the Sacrament of Matrimony, the visible sign is the couple themselves. What is the invisible reality of this sign? Jesus. The husband and wife have the mission of being Christ to each other, to their children, and to the whole world. You cannot have a loftier task!

Unfortunately, we are wounded, broken, and selfish individuals. We cannot image Christ on our own; we can only do it with God’s grace. In the Sacrament of Matrimony, God gives the husband and wife the grace to live out their vocation ipse Christus: as Christ Himself. The couple is to radiate the love of God to each other in their marriage and to their children. Their family is to radiate God to other families and the world. This is a tall mission and requires that we frequently partake in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. This is where we meet and receive Jesus. Through the Sacraments, we receive grace. Grace is power, spiritual steroids!

So, what is the point of marriage? At the end of your life, will your spouse and children say that because of your witness, they know who God is? Will they know the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God through the love, forgiveness, and mercy that you have shown to each one of them? Reflect Christ to your spouse and your children. This is your mission. By God’s grace, may you live it well!

St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer[1]

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ in me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

[1] Our Catholic Prayers, excerpt of St. Patrick’s Breastplate, internet: https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/st-patricks-breastplate.html (accessed August 18, 2019).