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James Cavanagh is the director of Evangelization and Catechesis for Metro-Area Parishes of the Denver Archdiocese. His weekly column, "Breaking Open the Word," is syndicated by the Denver Catholic Register, official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver. Click here to visit the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Denver.
Christ, our bridegroom: Jan. 20: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Key verse: “As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you” (Isa 62:5).
Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. Already baptism, the entry into the people of God, is a nuptial mystery; it is so to speak the nuptial bath, which precedes the wedding feast, the Eucharist” (No. 1617).
Life application: There’s no question that marriage and the family are under great stress today. The very definition of marriage is questioned as is the meaning of “family” and what it means to be human. Marriage is a universal institution rooted in the natural relationship between man and woman. Its main purpose is to provide a secure environment for children. The presence of Christ at the wedding in Cana raised marriage to an even higher level, elevating it to the dignity of a sacrament. The union of man and woman in holy matrimony signifies the covenant between Christ and his Church (Eph 5:21-32) and is also a sign of God’s love for the world.
James Cavanagh is director of Evangelization and Catechesis for Metro-area Parishes of the Denver Archdiocese. Cavanagh’s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register.
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