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Homily of the month

Faith and love go hand in hand

We are made in the very image of God. So we celebrate that two people are entering into the deep and profound human relationship of marriage. They are doing exactly what God intends, writes Father Donald Klein in PREPARE THE WORD's featured homily for the sacrament of marriage.

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Sacrament: Marriage
Readings: Genesis 1:26-31; Colossians 3:12-17; John 2:2-11

“GOD SAW ALL that he had made, and indeed it was very good.” It is good for us to be here today. We are made in the very image of God. We are made to have close friends, to be in love. So we celebrate today that these two people are entering into the deep and profound human relationship of marriage. They are doing exactly what God intends.

They’ve invited us to be part of their celebration. It’s the only time we’ll all be together. We are the people who have taught them how to love, who have nourished them as persons, who have helped heal their brokenness. We feel privileged to be here. We congratulate your parents and grandparents today. If they have a tear it is mostly because they are joyful that you have found someone who will always be on your side and at your side. They also know that things will never be entirely the same. So there’s a little tear of sadness, too.

It has been enjoyable to help you prepare for your marriage and it is a privilege to be the presider and homilist for you today. There is probably no one here who hasn’t had a good laugh with you. You are blessed with good families and friends.

You are also blessed with faith. It has not been a process without a struggle. It’s not easy to make the transition to your own adult faith, to be people of fidelity in today’s world. But you’re on your way. You wanted to be married in the church. You realize marriage is a sacrament. The reading from Colossians says that all the great virtues of Christianity are clothed, are enriched in an atmosphere of love. We believe as Catholic Christians that through the power of the sacrament, you are instruments of God’s love to each other. As the song from Les Misérables says: “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

You are called to be a sign of faith and love, obviously to your children, the great signs of your love for each other, but also to all who meet you and witness your married relationship."

You are called to be a sign of faith and love, obviously to your children, the great signs of your love for each other, but also to all who meet you and witness your married relationship. God’s love is utterly inclusive. We are surely not God but we are called to divine life, and we are empowered by this sacrament to be in a permanent, sacrificial, unconditional relationship, just like our relationship with God. The story of the wedding at Cana from John’s gospel sees the overflowing wine as a sign of the extravagant abundance of God. God’s love never runs out. It just gets better.

Finally, we are called to live out that love in a parish, the community of church in which we can experience and celebrate our faith and love. It’s hard to do that all alone or just as a family. The church is a great step into the fuller inclusiveness of God’s love expressed in community.

We, for our part, pledge to continue to walk with you. We are truly renewed today by your witness to us. We wish you many full and happy years.


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