October 7, 2018

First Action Word

Marriage is not perfect but we believe that it can become awesome and EMPOWERED when the husband and wife diligently work on the action words we will be sharing to you.

EMPOWERED marriages mean it is Christ-centered, grace-filled and heaven bound.

Today let’s focus on the “E” of the word EMPOWERED.

EXALT the name of the Lord together, forever.

Why exalt the Lord in your marriage?

Marriage is a domestic church where the family as a basic unit of a society has been molded. It is God’s gift to man. It is also a reflection of God’s love to His church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in Article 7 Sections 1601 to 1605 as follows:

ARTICLE 7
THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

1601 “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”84

I. MARRIAGE IN GOD’S PLAN

1602 Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.”85 Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its “mystery,” its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal “in the Lord” in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.86

Marriage in the order of creation

1603 “The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage.”87 The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity,88 some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. “The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life.”89

1604 God who created man out of love also calls him to love the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love.90 Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator’s eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation: “And God blessed them, and God said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.’”91

1605 Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: “It is not good that the man should be alone.”92 The woman, “flesh of his flesh,” his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a “helpmate”; she thus represents God from whom comes our help.93 “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”94 The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been “in the beginning”: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”95

Practical ways on how to exalt the Lord?

Psalm 99:5 Exalt the Lord, our God; bow down before His footstool; Holy is God!

In God’s wisdom and generosity He authored  our marriages thus it is indeed fitting to worship Him and put all our concerns into His hand.

Try these!

  1. Individual  Daily prayer
  2. Couple Prayer
  3. Attending Mass as a family
  4. Putting God first in thoughts, words and actions.

Reflection:

How did you EXALT the Lord in your ordinary daily activity at home and at work?

Prayer:

Almighty God and Father, you gifted us the Sacrament of Matrimony so that we might reflect the love of Christ with His church through us. Grant us the grace to daily renew our marriage covenant, give us the strength to persevere, and empower us always so that together with (your children/other family members) we may always see and rejoice the blessings you continually shower upon us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

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