Marriage holds up an ideal for all of us, married or unmarried. A sharing of love, in harmony with Jesus’ love, is the only way to Christian maturity. Even a marriage of unbelievers is a sign of God’s love in its intimate sharing—physical, emotional and spiritual. Unbelievers, too, have spiritual natures, ideals and aspirations. The marriage of Christian believers makes the sign more perfect because of Jesus’ special presence in it.
No marriage is ideal in practice because no person is ideal. Again, marriage is a model for the Christian journey toward full union with God. In every calling there is a honeymoon and some disillusionment. Sometimes in moments of trouble we are tempted to abandon our calling or at least allow an irritation to put our calling and commitment at risk. Bumps in the road need not be catastrophes if our priority is to protect and foster a loving relationship with one another and God.
Lord Jesus, you compared union with God to a marriage feast. Show me how to cherish those who are near to me and to value shared love above every other concern.