Welcome, we are all here to witness something awesome! We have come to witness two unique individuals come forward, and with God’s grace, become one. We are about to witness the power of their love for each other, and the power of God’s love, made present here before us; and that should fill us all with awe!
For that is one of the objectives that a celebration of a sacrament is suppose to accomplish. It is an opportunity to encounter the Divine; through the ordinary objects that our God has created: water, olive oil, bread and wine,..a ring. A sacrament is also a means by which God transforms the individual or individuals who are receiving the sacrament. Through the waters of Baptism, we are cleansed of sin, and become born again as a child of God. Through the anointing with holy oil, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. When we receive consecrated bread and wine, we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, and become one with Christ. And in the exchange of rings, which symbolizes the pledge, in love, of a man and a woman to each other, to their union. And it also symbolizes God’s pledge to you both; that He will be with you always.
For God is the source of all life, and of all love. And through His Spirit, that love can fill your hearts, your souls, all the way down into the very depths of your being. The power of God’s Presence within you, the power of His love; will help you experience the joyful times more intensely; will help you through the trying times with more hope. Remember always the description of love we have just heard from the writings of St. Paul:
“It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians)
Love will never fail, if we continually open our hearts, and be present to God, the Father. A Dutch priest and author, had a personal revelation; reflecting on when God addressed Jesus, as He was coming up out of the waters of the Jordan River, as His “Beloved.” And He also calls you, me, all of us here, “Beloved.” Whether we have been good or bad; whether we have ignored Him or not; whether we believe in Him or not; He still calls each one of us”Beloved.”
It is by the power of that love; by the gift of His Spirit, that you both have been drawn to this place, to this sacred moment of time. And we have all been drawn here to witness something awesome.