We are all called to live in marriage

By | October 3, 2012

As I was reflecting on the first reading for this Sunday, a thought crossed my mind. Adam was twice blessed. First, he was blessed by God’s creation of Eve. Then, secondly, God united them in marriage without Adam having to endure Eve planning for a wedding!

A wedding is a huge event in a woman’s life. Many women will say “I have been planning it since I was 12.” Unfortunately, in some instances, all of this planning has degenerated into “it’s all about me.” Hence, the newly-coined-21st century word “bridezilla.” The groom for his part is to stand quietly by, always with a smile on his face.

Today’s Scriptures speak about marriage. Not the event (the wedding) but the lived out, intimate, holy and whole, day-by-day sacramental experience. Consider for a moment that God calls each of us to live in marriage. The Catechism #789 says in part “… (in) the intimate bond between Christ and his church … she is united in him … the church as bride of Christ.” Each of us through the church is a bride of Christ. Each of us is called to live in the complete, perfect, divine unity of Christ. Unlike the bride and groom who spend a particular period preparing for their wedding, Christ gives us the opportunity to prepare for the wedding feast again and again.

The invitation goes forth, “Jesus of Nazareth cordially invites you to a banquet given in his honor” (1970 poster, author unknown).

We as the bride of Christ prepare for this wedding feast in a variety of ways. Some will make use of the sacrament of penance. Others will prepare with prayers at home. Some will put on “wedding garments,” their special Sunday clothes. Others will gather family and friends with them to attend the wedding feast.

At the feast itself, we enter into the celebration. We pray silently and aloud. We sing hymns of joy, praise and adoration. We listen to the bridegroom speak to us in the Scriptures. We share our joy and unity with the church in the eucharistic prayer and through a sign of peace, and finally we see him, standing there before us at the end of the long aisle. Our Christ, quietly waiting for us, comforting us when we are in distress, listening to us and desiring for us to speak to him from our hearts, lovingly correcting us when we are a “Bridezilla.”

Christ, in his eternal splendor, concealed within the form of a host. He waits for us, his beloved, to approach him with open hands and an open heart … until death … we are eternally united.

Zahorik is director of worship at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Oshkosh.

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