|The newly-married Mr. and Mrs. Heller|
Through the Incarnation, Jesus becoming man, God wed himself to humanity in a new and unique way. God becoming man was this act that can never be undone, and permanently changed humanity for the better because now humanity is wed to God and has the chance for eternal life with him.
This beautiful marriage between God and humanity is reflected in the marriage between man and woman. Marriage was God's plan from the beginning, and marriage was the one blessing that survived man's original sin. Part of the nuptial blessing summarizes beautifully the symbolism and enduring nature of marriage:
O God, who consecrated the bond of Marriage
by so great a mystery
that in the wedding covenant you foreshadowed
the Sacrament of Christ and his Church;
O God, by whom woman is joined to man
and the companionship they had in the beginning
is endowed with the one blessingnot forfeited by original sin
nor washed away by the flood.
|Mr. and Mrs. Rowland, married on June 15th, my first marriage|