What makes a wedding in church different. The singing of songs ? The people dressed nicely ? A Gathering of people whom you haven't met in ages? Actually all these things can also be found elsewhere other than in church right? So than , what makes a wedding in church so different?
Firstly a Wedding in church is different from other gatherings because it is a time where the married couple commit themselves to each other. Not just any commitment but a spiritual, a supernatural commitment to love that is a reflection of Gods love. They will see each other in a special n unique way. Isaiah 49:16 reminds us that God has carved each of us in the palm of his hands and that makes us unique, special and dear to HIM. And this married couple has agree to be that reflection of Gods love to everyone.
Secondly it is a time where the couple comes tgt to commit themselves to be with each other Not in good times only but through thick n thin. God says many times in the bible countless of times "I will always love u n I will nv leave u." and the couples love would continuously be a reflection of Christ love for everyone. Each time when we are wondering whether God is loving, their proclamation of Love would be a reflection and answer to our questions.
Thirdly A wedding is also a time when the couple commits to life giving , to have children as many as they God wants to give to them. But not only that but to give Life to each other. E.g. How they encourage each other on. Giving each other reason to live for. God loves us in a life giving way. Each time when one struggles in life gets one down, they other would be Christ to help cheer each other on.
1st reading (Tobit 8:4-8): Sarah has 7 previous husband and all whom she married died. N Tobias (surely scared to bits) realises the absence of God in Sarah's previous marriages. "Now Lord, you know that I take my wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her and allow us to live together to a happy old age. " These words of the passage lingered in me for a while as I reflected on my own relationships and I came to realization that without God, Love is as good as dead. It is not just one party loving this God but both sincerely revolving their lives centered on God.
2nd reading (Philppians 4:4-9) tells us to trust the lord, that we need not be over anxious about our problems. All we need to do is the pray, lift up our petitions and give thanks to God for all he has done. I have always asked myself why somethings that i pray for nv comes true. But I realized, it is not coz He doesn't want to give us but sometimes, what are our intentions on these things? Are our intentions true? Are our intentions Honorable? Are our intentions just? Are our intentions pure? are our intentions lovely? are our intentions gracious ? Lastly if all these is there, sometimes we need to realize that our prayer is granted not in OUR earthly time but in HIS time.
Gospel reading today on the beatitudes can be summarized in the 1st sentence.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"
Not arrogant think they know every thing in the world. But those who submit to God n knows that without God they are nothing.
Today in Mass, Seeing married couples and even Natalie and Wee Long together I would wonder to myself how they stay committed to each other? How can 2 people be so daring to commit themselves to such a BIG commitment ? - Where 2 people's life start to become 1.
But i came to realize that in life, there are bound to have difficulties... in marriage it is the same too. but God will never abandon you, but he will be by you. How ? it is possible when he send our family, relations and friends to help us along these journey.
A beautiful Mass indeed it was to trigger off the meaning of truly being a Christian and a depending totally on God even in our marriage.