Recently, I got to attend the wedding of one of my good friends. My friend and her (now) husband are a couple who are truly going to live out the Sacrament of Marriage.
The priest gave an incredible homily focused on the message of Ephesians 5-that the Sacrament of Marriage is meant to be a reflection of the love between Christ’s love for the Church. He reminded us in such a convicting way that it brought tears to my eyes, Christ loves us with the love that the bride and groom promise one another in their vows.
Christ loves us in sickness and in health.
He loves us in good times and in bad.
In wealth and poverty, He loves us.
He loves us and honors for all days.
Christ loved us unto death.
This is a great sign
One of the biggest differences and the reason that marriage is only a pale comparison to our union with God is that marriage ends with death. In death, our total union with Christ is actually accomplished. It is only on entering into the beatific vision that we can fulfill our vows to Christ perfectly. Here on earth, we will always fall short in faithfulness to our vows.
But God’s love is unfailing. He is the perfect bridegroom, always taking us back no matter how unfaithful we are.
The greatest sign of this love is the Cross. In the Cathedral of Saint Jude, where the wedding was held, there is a huge crucifix across from the altar. Where the couple was sitting, they were staring right at the crucifix and it was as if Christ was staring at them saying, this is the Sacrament of Marriage.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her…”
~ Ephesians 5:25 ~
You Are Worth Dying For
Do you find it hard to believe that Christ loves you this way, that you are worth dying for? When I feel completely unworthy of Christ’s love, Mother Teresa’s letter about Jesus’s thirst always gets me back on the right track. I discovered it shortly after I had fallen away from God in college and was feeling too far gone to be forgiven. Her words cut right through my shame and were what opened my eyes to God’s unconditional love for me.
He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy. When not accepted by others, even by yourself sometimes—He is the one who always accepts you. My children, you don’t have to be different for Jesus to love you.
Why does Jesus say “I Thirst”? What does it mean? Something so heard to explain in words—if you remember anything from Mother’s letter, remember this—“I thirst” is something much deeper than Jesus just saying “I love you.” until you know deep inside that Jesus thirsts for you—you can’t begin to know who He wants to be fore you. Or who He wants you to be for Him.
Jesus…wants only the chance to love you.