Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 21, 2019

As I continue this series on weddings, I know that much of what I am saying may not be applicable to you directly. It is still good wisdom, though, that you can pass on: to children and grandchildren, friends, and who knows who else.

What makes a wedding so important is the sacramental reality. Yes, getting married has other consequences as well: familial, social, legal, and financial. Marriage is a big deal on many dimensions, but what truly makes it important is what God does in blessing marriage. He makes the marriage a living sign of His love for His people.

We have looked a little bit at the chief symbols in the wedding, but there are other signs and symbols as well. The things are meant the reality of what is happening at a wedding, which means it is important to take seriously those signs. The chief sign of this is the Eucharist. When two Catholics wed, the sign of their unity, the sign of Christ dwelling at the heart of their marriage, is together receiving Christ in the Eucharist. They are truly bound together by Christ.

The other sign at weddings is the exchange of rings. The weddings bands are enduring expressions of being bound to another person. Each does not belong to himself/herself; each belongs to the other. They bound up, quite literally, with each other.

Other cultures have other symbolic expressions. In Hispanic weddings, there is often the use of the lasso and the arras. That being said, it is important not to dilute the wedding ceremony with other, lesser signs. Hallmark and the wedding industry (and it is an industry) have tried to add in any number of other things that are little more than photo-ops. A wedding is so much more than a photo-op, though; the mystery of salvation is coming alive right before our eyes.

~ 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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