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Two Unique Conjugal Partnerships
Revelations 19: 7-10
"Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."'
A man marries his beloved woman so that a deeper relationship, a consummated relationship, can be experienced. The consummation of a man and woman (sex) is the ultimate experience and binding act of love. In a similar way, Jesus Christ has married us, His Church, so that he can take away our sin and consummate his divine relationship with us through the Holy Eucharist.
Do not get me wrong here. I am not suggesting that Jesus has sex with Catholics via the consecrated host, No - what a perverted thought! What I am suggesting is much deeper - even more intimate than sexual intercourse. Jesus loves us so deeply, that upon His act of marriage (death on the cross) he handed down a means of coming together with him through a physical interaction - actually consuming his body and blood! Do you not see it? Look at the words themselves: consume / consummate. It is clear that through ingesting his true body and blood we are experiencing the most intimate nature of his presence (physically and spiritually).
In modern America, weddings are a big production. Yea, sure, some people have smaller weddings or just simply elope; however, the vast majority of people are spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on their wedding day. Oddly enough, this modern societal tradition is deeply rooted in an ancient tradition of The Church. Notice in the scripture passage above, the mention of a marriage supper - similar to what we now refer to as a wedding reception. What an amazing parallel. For thousands of years, weddings of all sorts are celebrated with a follow-up feast; Jesus' wedding is no different. Every Sunday we are called to experience His wedding and participate in the feast of his holy body and blood, so that we may have eternal life. We have all received a formal invitation to this wedding feast - no need for a "Save The Date."
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