O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

King of Love

O King of the gentiles and their desired One, the cornerstone that makes both one: come, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth.
Today's Major Antiphon reminds me of marriage. What initially caught my eye is the line "lapisque angularis qui facis utraque unum" "the cornerstone that makes both one". I know that this is primarily about Christ the King joining all peoples as one Church, but it still reminds me of marriage. When marriage is being lived properly (as a sacrament) the love between man and wife is not natural. It is supernatural. It is not any human emotion that is between them, but the Love of God, joining them together. God' love is a desire to sacrifice yourself completely to get the beloved to the dignity for which she was created by God. It is the love with which Christ the Nymphios (Bridegroom) loves His Bride the Church. He sacrificed everything of Himself for Her sake. He gave everything of Himself to Her, even His very Body, which She receives in the Eucharist. The pious hymn rightly calls the Nymphios the "King of Love on Calvary".

The Sacrament of Matrimony is based on this union, where bride and bridegroom sacrifice themselves completely and give themselves to each other completely to get each other to the dignity for which they were created by God. Bridegroom gives himself to bride and bride gives herself to bridegroom in the Love of God, which is the foundation on which their entire life is built. God is the cornerstone that makes both one.

So then, God is the King of Love that rules over marriage and all relationships. However, most couples refuse to let the He Who is the Only Source of True Love rule over their relationships. The immediate and natural result of this is to sin. Upon seeing that they destroyed their lives by seeking physical and emotional pleasures instead of His Love, they seek after Him. He becomes "their desired One" and they beg Him to "come, and deliver man". We conclude with the image of God creating man "out of the dust of the earth", where-after God blessed man and his bride and bid them be fruitful and multiply.