Why “Annunciation” Ministries and
“Evangelization Through Marriage”?
At the Annunciation….
- God, the Father, through the Archangel Gabriel, announced His will for Mary.
- God, the Holy Spirit, became the spouse of Mary.
- God, the Son, became incarnate in Mary.
Like Mary, we listen…
- What is God’s will for us?
- How do we receive and live our Vocation well?
- How is the Holy Spirit inspiring us?
- How does our marriage “incarnate” Christ? For each other? For others?
Marriage and Christian Marriage…
- Marriage, created by God, at the beginning of time, is an intimate community of love and life.
- Sin impacts marriage. “Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation (CCC 1606).” “..the disorder we notice so painfully does not stem from the natureof man and woman, nor from the nature of their relations, but from sin (CCC 1607).”
- God helps us, particularly in Jesus Christ, to create an intimate community of love and life.“ To heal the wounds of sin, man and woman need the help of the grace that God in his infinite mercy never refuses them. Without this help man and woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them ‘in the beginning’ (CCC 1608).” “By coming to restore the original order of creation disturbed by sin, [Jesus] himself gives the strength and grace to live marriage in the new dimension of the Reign of God. It is by following Christ, renouncing themselves, and taking up their crosses that spouses will be able to ‘receive’ the original meaning of marriage and live it with the help of Christ (CCC 1615).”
- Christian marriage (between a baptized man and baptized woman) takes on new meaning and spiritual significance: Jesus dwells with them and helps them to create an intimate community of love and life that reveals His love to the world. By virtue of their mutual baptisms, “Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ, and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love. In the joys of their love and family life he gives them here on a earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the lamb (CCC 1642).”
- Married Christians, therefore, “evangelize through marriage”—that is, they reveal God’s love and life to the world through their intimate community of love and life.
“And coming to [Mary], [the angel Gabriel] said, ‘Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you. …Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. …But Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?’ And the angel said to her in reply, ‘The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. …for nothing will be impossible for God.’ Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her (Luke 1: 28-28).”