Mar­riage the ideal

The Church of England - - THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND -

Sir, Je­sus’ teach­ing on mar­riage, based on God’s plan in cre­ation, re­mains the ideal: would that it were also the norm, as nowa­days many dis­pense with mar­riage al­to­gether.

Be­fore Je­sus died, how­ever, he also told his dis­ci­ples that he had more to teach them than they were then ready to re­ceive. Hav­ing set a tra­jec­tory, he has left us to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s, and since his time our un­der­stand­ing of hu­man sex­u­al­ity has be­come, rightly, more nu­anced. Je­sus promised, how­ever, to leave us his Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and this Spirit is not con­fined to the Church but blows where it wills.

Peter was taken aback by a ‘How can this be?’ moment at Joppa but then acted boldly, prompted by the Spirit. Few of us are granted a vi­sion and so must needs ex­er­cise dis­cern­ment, in com­mu­nity. We should all be able to iden­tify with Thomas Mer ton’s words - ‘I can­not be sure that what I do at present pleases you, Lord... but I am sure that my de­sire to please you does please you.’ Ser­ena Lan­caster, More­ton-in-Marsh, Glos.

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