"Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure" -- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of God."
– Revelation 19:7-9
|The Last Communion of St. Jerome by Botticelli|
There has been a lot of focus on the institution of marriage lately. What is marriage? From a legal perspective it is one thing, but from a Catholic perspective it is something else completely.
Marriage is a sign.
Anyone who has been to a Catholic wedding knows that it is quite different from a Protestant wedding. A Catholic wedding is a Mass.
Every wedding is a Mass.
The Mass is centered around the act of Holy Communion with God. Receiving the Blessed Eucharist is a sign.
That's not to say the act of Communion is symbolic for Catholics. No, it is a real physical acceptance of the body and the blood of Christ.
Usually we talk about the physical world and the spiritual world as if they were completely separate and unrelated. But these two Kingdoms are actually closely joined.
The two Kingdoms come together in the act of Communion, when the physical reality perfectly reflects the spiritual reality.
As we open our mouths to accept the Eucharist, we also open the temple doors of our bodies to accept Christ in our soul.
This sign is given to us by Jesus.
It is a sign of the joining together of our body and soul with that of Jesus.
Is this not a union? Is this not a marriage?
Then every Mass is a wedding. It is a wedding between you and Christ. At the same time it is a wedding between you and the Church, which is the body of Christ.
Every wedding is a Mass; every Mass is a wedding.
We promise to be faithful and loyal to our spouse, Jesus Christ. We promise to respect Him and follow His commands. And we promise to love Him and cherish Him for the rest of our lives. And we look forward to the day when we will be joined with Him in the holiest of unions in Heaven.
This is not a decision to enter into lightly. When you accept Communion, you are saying "I do".
When you recite the Creed, you are saying "I do". I do believe in the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; I do accept.
And every week, we renew our vows. I do. I do. I do.... For the rest of our lives. Amen.