The Lord be with you.
When you read this, it will be the weekend of my daughter’s wedding, as I write this that event is still weeks away and of course I am going through the emotional roller coaster that every father does, at such an event. I have presided at 32 weddings and at each one I have grown in understanding of what it means to walk your daughter down the aisle; however not even that, has adequately prepared me for this day. I must say that I have grown to appreciate just how hard that must have been for my father-in-law (I have grown to respect him more and more, for at the time I do not think I thought about just what a big thing it was that he was doing, entrusting Michelle to me).
God takes marriage so seriously that Jesus often uses it to explain our relationship with God, and there is no greater earthly expression of what God is talking about, in terms of love, than at a wedding ceremony and lived out in Holy Matrimony. The Marriage Officer merely presides at a wedding, it is through the vows that are spoken that the Sacrament is administered, making it the only sacrament where the people themselves are the minister of the sacrament. The people at a wedding ceremony are not just spectators they are the witnesses and by being witnesses they commit themselves to the covenant made between the two individuals who create a new community as they are joined in love.
This advent as you are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb, may you be reminded that you are in a covenant relationship with God. God has called you to this holy estate as the bride of Christ, a calling to a life which you are to live out in fidelity (loyalty, devotion) and love.
My prayer for you all is that you will grow in love and devotion and that this Advent will be a time of deepening of your faith in our faithful God.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.‘ (Phil 4:8)
A blessed Advent to you.
Love and Peace