August 25, 2010 – Ruminations by Fr. Pat

The past few weeks we have been looking at the Sacraments in our reflections. Today we shall look at the Sacrament of Marriage.
We read in the Book of Genesis: The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him. By doing so He paved the way to a way of life for men and women. This way of life is a reflection of our relationship with Christ. Genesis also says: That is a why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.

How is this relationship a duplicate? Well, think about what a marriage is supposed to be. In the Sacrament a husband and wife become complete; they become who they are in God’s plan for life. By doing so they are able to complete their role of Preaching the Gospel (remember when we talked about that?). The job of preaching the Gospel is not only the role of a Priest or Missionary; it is the job of us all. A Priest performs this role as only a Priest could; a Married couple does it only as a Married couple can.

If the two become one, how does it happen? Through the Sacrament the husband and wife bring qualities that the other does not have. Through the Sacrament the qualities of the wife complete what is lacking in the husband. What is lacking in the bride is completed by the husband. Through God’s Grace, they become a new person. Marriage is not just about a contract between two people; it is a way of life and fulfillment. The Sacrament gives them the necessary Graces to perform their role as Preachers of the Gospel. The Gospel of Matthew says: Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

How do they preach the Gospel? They do it by being husband and wife, like the Priest does it by his role as a Priest. By loving one another, the couple shows to the world how God can love us. By truly becoming one, the couple shows the relationship that God wants to have with us. When a couple has children, they are expressing their willingness to share the very core of themselves with their mate. This deep and personal sharing is our life with Christ: I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me (John 17).

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