The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – June 23, 2019

I want to begin by reminding you of what I said last week. Marriage is supposed to be the living witness of the faithful love between God and His people. This bond between God and His people was made through many covenants down through the ages, culminating in Jesus, the God-Man, the definitive union of God and man. The wedding day, the first day of this living witness, finds its significance in two realities: the vows and God’s blessing.

The vows on the wedding day are what bind husband and wife together in imitation of God’s covenant relationship with His people. God took these events seriously, and it is worth remembering with what grandeur He surrounded the making of His covenants with His people. I would recommend reading Exodus 19-20 to get a sense of just how solemn such a covenant relationship is in God’s eyes.

The vows that bind the couple together are a serious business. What makes them even richer is that when two baptized Christians make these vows, it is a sacrament. The vows of husband and wife effect the sacrament in their lives. This means that God has bound Himself to this relationship.

God binding Himself to the relationship means that a sacramental marriage cannot be broken by any power on this earth. Certainly God will not break the marriage; He cannot go back on His Word. More than that, though, it also means all the graces, all the divine assistance, that the couple needs to live out the vows has been given by God. Every sacrament is an encounter with God and His saving grace, and the vows of husband and wife are no less of an encounter with God.

It is easy to lose sight of all these realities in the midst of wedding plans, but the truth is all the other things pale in significance to what God is doing in the couple through the wedding vows. Pictures will fade; food will be eaten; rings will get tarnished, even lost; the vows and God’s blessing and presence in the marriage will last.

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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