Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 14, 2019

Last week I started talking about some of the symbols that surround the bride and groom. It is good to remember that the couple are meant to symbolize Christ and His Church. Through the vows and the commitments of marriage, the couple are to be living witnesses to the enduring love between Christ and His Church.

With this in mind, it is worth considering how each is treated during the wedding. We all know that it is the bride’s special day, but it is important to remember that it is the groom’s special day as well. He too is laying down his life for his spouse; he has as much to gain and lose in the bargain as she does.

We hear words like princess, which always makes me laugh. In ten years of priesthood I have never had someone of royal breeding (male or female) at a wedding. At every wedding I have had two common, ordinary human beings. They come from all sorts of backgrounds and social standings. They have different strengths and weaknesses, different personalities, and so much more, that is all quite ordinary and common.

Of course, in the wedding, they are doing something extraordinary together. The groom becomes a living witness to Christ, who laid down His life for the Church. Christ ransomed His people out of sin and death by His blood, and made of them (us) something incredible. The bride witnesses to the Church, who lays down her life for Christ. She follows not her own thinking, but the mind and will of Christ that all people might know Christ and share in His salvation.

When we see a wedding through this lens, we see a different reality than what the world gives us. It isn’t a question of being “my special day;” it is really about the couple making it “your special day.” Even more to the point, it is “our special day” because the whole Church is called to rejoice in the mystery of salvation that is being played out before us.

~Father Aaron Ferris

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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