+ Before Holy Mass this evening, as the choir was singing its prelude, I commented to Father Chrismer how that song—“How Beautiful”—is quickly becoming a favorite at weddings and also how it fits perfectly with the theme of tonight’s Holy Mass. That is, tonight we see a divine marriage play out. So, let me explain…
The Divine Marriage
In the Sacrament of Holy Marriage, there are certain readings to which most couples gravitate: St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, how love is patient, and love is kind. Or the Gospel of St. Matthew where we hear Our Lord Jesus teaching that, in marriage, the two become one flesh. Some throw caution to the wind and choose Ephesians, chapter 5, the famous reading about husbands and wives.
It is in that last reading on Ephesians that we hear these words:
Unless I wash you, says the Lord to Peter, you will have no inheritance with me.
He loved them to the end.
I pray that those words may enter my heart and all of ours, and that they may become our own. I pray that I may say them to Jesus at the end of my life here on earth: “Jesus, I loved you to the end”—You who loved me, loved me to the end!