What does Holy Thursday teach us about marriage? It’s the day we remember that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Ever since then, Catholics have participated in the same celebration. Jesus gives us himself, in body and in blood, at every Catholic Mass. He did this through the first Apostles, whom he ordained to be his presence in the world, and then through those to whom they passed this ordination, generation after generation of priests — the Vocation of Holy Orders.
It is not a priest who consecrates bread and wine and changes them into the body and blood of Christ, it is Jesus himself working through their hands and their voices.
The Vocation of Holy Matrimony began (or will begin) for you in your sacramental wedding ceremony. It was not a priest who consecrates your marriage and makes it sacramental; it is Jesus himself working through the priest. Therefore. a Church-blessed wedding is very different than a civil ceremony.
In the Sacrament of Marriage, the husband is the priest of the “domestic church”, the home, and the wife is the beloved bride of Christ. As Christ for his wife, the husband finds ways to wash her feet, serving her. As the bride of Christ, the wife finds ways to wash the feet of her husband, serving him.
In the Sacrament of Marriage, the husband is the priest of your home, and the wife is the beloved bride of Christ. The husband finds ways to wash the feet of his bride, serving her, and the wife finds ways to wash the feet of her husband, serving him.
“Wives, submit to your husbands just like the Church submits to Christ. Husbands, love your wives, the same way Christ loved the Church and gave up his life for her to sanctify her …” (Ephesians 5:24-27).
Together, sanctified by this sharing of mutually sacrificial love, husbands and wives become Jesus for their families and the world around them, teaching others through the example of their relationship, and sometimes with words, about the faithful and merciful love of God.
- What sacrifices does my beloved make for me?
- What sacrifices do I make for my beloved?
Strengthen your relationship:
If you do not yet have a sacramental marriage, decide what your next step will be to accomplish this. If you already have a sacramental marriage, choose an activity you can do as a couple to help in a parish ministry or to help a friend know Jesus better. After making your plan, pray together, asking the Holy Spirit to guide you. Give the Holy Spirit permission to change you so that your marriage will be a living presence of Christ in today’s world.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries
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