Everybody likes a wedding. After Mass, with a background of flowers, when pictures are taken with the bride and groom at the front of the altar, you have many of the congregation crowding around the photographer enjoying the happiness they see expressed in the newly wed.
A religious sister writes in View from the Ark,
in the Catholic Times, about her feelings at a wedding. Very naturally what comes to mind are prayers for blessings and graces for the married couple as they begin their journey to the horizon.
Asia, marriage was always considered one of the most important matters
in life. Many things have changed but marriage still retains this meaning. God
made us out of love and made us in his image. He wanted to see the love
that exists in the Trinity exemplified in the love that we humans
freely share with others. We realize ourselves when we love. All have
this calling to love, especially those who have been called by baptism.
couples show us how God loves us. God loves us who are so different
from him, he respects this difference to love us. Couples are called to
overcome their differences in loving. They are called
to a bond of friendship.
One of the biggest
problems in society is communication, we understand differences but are unable to accept one another. We need to accept the other's humanity and dignity. Families should be in the forefront in doing this. In the sacrament of matrimony we announce
this love of God, protect it, and make it real. God's love is like a
tabernacle that remains in the couple. "We have come to know and to
believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in
love abides in God, and God in him"( 1 John 4:16).
Family as the basic church community is where the the first pastoral efforts are made. This should be
understood by all who are sacramentally married. Love in the family is not
the same love we know in the world; parents love nurtures and educates the children who in turn spread this love to others.