Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Betrothal of the Bridegroom
There is a whole lot happening today. It is the First Sunday of the Passion. Today we begin the patronal season of this blog. Some places have a patronal feast, we have a patronal season (our actual patronal feast is the Fifth Sunday after Easter). Passiontide is the time when we celebrate Christ the Bridegroom giving Himself to the Father for the sake of His Bride the Church. He commends Himself into the hands of the Father that the Father might remit His Bride's sins through Him. Christ takes the form of a slave that the Father might use Him to sanctify His Bride. Christ completely breaks Himself because nothing can satisfy Him except the sanctification of His Bride. He sees Himself as nothing and His Beloved as everything.
Today is also the Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God (while the Latin Rite transfers it to tomorrow, the Eastern Rites observe the feast today). The Annunciation is when God the Word took flesh and became man. The Annunciation is the Betrothal of Christ to His Bride. How appropriate is it that we celebrate this feast shortly before Good Friday each year and this year on the First Sunday of the Bridegroom! On the day we celebrate the humility of the Bridgroom, we celebrate the humility of the Mother!