My beloved and I celebrate fifteen years of marriage this year. I am so pleased and grateful to be celebrating this anniversary with her!
As this anniversary has approached, I have depleted much time praying and reflecting on our attempt to live our wedding for each other’s good and according to God’s plan. I have envisaged it as an ongoing wedding feast, and I anticipate the history of the wedding feast at Cana requires an stunning lens through which we can see our own matrimony. There is so much in that episode that applies to and decorates our fifteen-year journey, or anyone else’s marriage journey.
The very first words of the biblical narration are “on the third day….” Of course, there is another miracle that happened “on the third day.” When I predict these names, right away, I connect them to the Resurrection. With that occasion in psyche, I think of how much better my life is because my wife and I fell in love and chose to enter into this wonderful sacrament of wedding. Our relationship, and the goodnes it has brought, emphatically has been the biggest part of my own resurrection to brand-new life-time. I pray that it is the same for her!
Early in this story, I predict, “Jesus too was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.” This conveys to me that a healthful, holy, and “successful” marriage delivers Jesus and the Church to the highly hub. That certainly has been great efforts over a decade and a half. I am forever grateful that my spouse cured me find my direction to the fullness of religion in Jesus and the Church. I don’t know what would have become of my life without it. I love ambling this pilgrimage of faith with her by my area, and I very much hope that she will promise to keep walking next to me!
Related to this, I read the detailed information that “the mother of Jesus was there.” Growing up as a nominal Christian and spend several years in debauched living like the prodigal son, I did not know the grace, attractivenes, and strength of having a relationship with our Blessed Mother. Now, after strolling with my spouse, seeing her ripening devotion to Our Lady, and daily consecrating ourselves to her, I surely know the importance of having the mother of our Lord invited to our wedding. She has helped and taught us so much; and I know that she still has much to teach and to give us.
Following this is a short phrase that has left a deeper thought upon me than any other. I predict, “When the wine-colored failed….” Wine, we know, is a symbol of pleasure and spiritual fruitfulness. But can joy run out in a union such as ours? My wife and I certainly know that we have striven, even recently, to find such elation. It has seemed at times that God’s fruit in our lives is running out. Yet, we belief and we know that God’s grace will not fail. Even if we run low on hilarity or fruitfulness, He is possible and will make up what we lack, even what is lacking from each of us to the other. I pray that God is always filling up for my spouse what I lack.
Then I lay my gazes on what is perhaps the most daunting command anywhere: “Do whatever he tells you.” This is, of course, the ultimate description of our life of discipleship. We must follow the will and biddings of Jesus. For all of my adult live as a Catholic, and for fifteen years of marriage, I have always tried to do this, and I is a well-known fact that my beloved have as well. Certainly, I have not always been successful. I have precipitated short, and for those working terms I have implored her forgiveness. Every day, Jesus tells me to get up, try again, and keep going. I just wanted to heed His direction.
Next, we come to a detail that is likely to puzzle us a bit; we speak of the six stone pots. To what can these flasks be likened? We might analogize them to the various areas of our lives that vie for our time, vigor, and other resources. These are also the things that impression how marriages relate to each other. I picture every wedding has six such areas: our kinfolk, both immediate and extended; our temperaments and impatiences; resources for living( time, energy, menu, etc .); our many education, improve, and drudgery; our financial outlook and our implementation of money; our virility. Any one of these areas might be a trigger for marriages. Any one of these areas might provide an opportunity to improve how we are dealing with each other. Ultimately, these are the areas that need to be filled. Let’s hope that we recognize those opportunities, and that those areas of our lives get filled with more of the Lord and less of us.
Jesus commanded the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” We try to fill up each of those six areas of life with our own talents, assets, and tries. As we know all to well, that can get us only a little way on this arduous pilgrimage. Sometimes, at the end of a long, frantic week, we barely even have any water to put into one or more of those areas of life. Still, we know that the prayer of God is at work, altering our natural bias and abilities into the “good wine” that He wants to serve others through us. I cry incessantly that God will serve “good wine” to my wife through me.
I likewise notice a detail that isn’t written. The slaves crowded the receptacles with irrigate, extorted it out, and took it to the steward as ocean. It was along the way that it became wine. The servants genuinely had no clue what was happening. They must have been scandalized when they watched the new reality, liquid that went in as ocean and was drawn out as wine. Likewise, we really can be astounded when we come to know how Jesus has changed our lives, even when we haven’t recognized it along the way. I to be expected that I have applied the ocean of my life at His disposal and my wife’s. I to be expected that I continue to do whatever He tells me to be a good husband, so that she gets to taste the yummy wine-colored that He wants to serve to her. I know and love that she desires and tries to do the same for me.
We have been married for fifteen years. We have invited Our Blessed Lord and His Holy Church. We have invited Our Blessed Mother. We have recognized, and continue to recognize, our demerits and our imperfections. We make every effort to turn over the areas of our lives to the Lord’s direction. With these as our guiding lights, by God’s grace, I pray that we have saved the better wine for the next fifteen years and more of our wedding. I desire my wife affectionately, and I will ever do my best to serve the best wine, to accompany rejoice to their own lives, until demise do us part.
image: The wedding at Cana in Svateho Cyrila a Metodeje( Prague ), probably by Gustav Miksch and Antonin Krisan via Renata Sedmakova/ Shutterstock.com
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