Friday, November 16, 2012
The Intimacy of Bridegroom and Bride
We contemplate Christ the Bridegroom giving His entire Self to sanctify His Bride, the Church. He gives His entire Self to Her, even His Very Body, which She receives in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Intimacy between Christ and His Bride the Church. The Eucharist is the Sacrifice of Calvary made present. It is Christ's sacrifice of Himself to sanctify His Bride made present before the Bride in the Liturgy, who in turn gives Herself to Him at the same Liturgy. In their physical intimacy, She receives His Flesh, and filled with Him, She becomes a part of Him, and as a part of Him, rests in His Heart. He gives Himself to be over Her to protect and nourish Her; She gives Herself to be under Him to support and console Him. She gives Herself by receiving Him and He receives Her by giving Himself. They Become one Flesh in their Intimacy. He gives Himself to Her, resting and abiding in Her to take care of Her and bring Her to Heaven. She gives Herself to Him to receive Him and by receiving Him, She becomes a part of Him, to support Him. She sacrifices Herself to the Father through obedience to the Bridegroom for the Bridegroom's sake and He sacrifices Himself to the Father to be used to fill Her with Divine Love, that She might rest in Heaven and cured of the afflictions of Her sins. The Sacrament of Marriage then, is just simply an icon of this union. A couple who lives in this love is married. The more perfectly their union imitates this union, the more perfect is their marriage. A couple who does not do this is not married no matter who says the contrary.