Mark and Joan shared, “One of the best things for us about our Marriage Ministry is the relationships we have developed with our fellow couples and the priests we have worked with very closely supporting one another. Marriage is our sacrament, but the priests are our partners, co-ministers, called to serve us, the people of God in a special way. We laughed when we were sharing our stories in a group. “Which of us is the salt, and which the light and in what way are we being this” Today is World Marriage Day. The theme for the day used every year is, “Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15.2. it is a commandment and speaks to us in a simple but challenging way of how God, Our Father sees us and wants us to live: Our Father’s Call to a Couple: Your being in love is my way to attract you to love. I say to you, you are wonderful, you are good. I want you to enjoy together the fullness of life, for which I sent My Son. Your closeness, your oneness, is the human experience nearest to how I live and love. My Son has given you a special gift :your children will be the two of you in one flesh. Wherever you are, whatever you do in loving union brings Jesus in His Body, the Church, alive to all whom you touch. I call you to love each other in His name. (Written by Fr Chuck Gallagher for couples preparing for marriage. Google for the complete prayer.).
Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good. You are the light of the world, A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
A World Marriage Day Prayer. Father, as we celebrate today we thank you for your tremendous gift of the Sacrament of Marriage. Help us to witness to its glory by a life of growing intimacy. Teach us the beauty of forgiveness so we may become more and more One in Heart, Mind and Body. Strengthen our communication and help us become living signs of your love. Make us grow more in love with the Church so we may renew the Body of Christ. Make us a sign of unity in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Brother. Amen.