Monday, October 18, 2010

Minute Meditations: The Wedding Feast at Cana

I often think of Mary's intercessory powers when meditating on the Wedding Feast of Cana, but I also reflect on the institution of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1613):

The Church attaches great importance to Jesus' presence at the wedding at Cana.  She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ's presence.

My own wedding was one of the happiest days of my life, and I am blessed that God sent me such a wonderful husband.  Yet sadly, the sanctity of marriage is quickly eroding in this country and around the world.  It's easy to target the acceptance of gay "marriage," but as Catholics we must also pray and act to end other mockeries of marriage such as fornication, cohabitation before marriage, "trial" marriages and divorce.   We must be charitable but firm in expressing our beliefs that marriage is sacred.

As Jesus Himself stated in Mark 10: 7-9

"Jesus said to the Pharisees, 'God made them male and female.  For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become as one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no man must separate...'"


Anonymous said...

True, and add to that wide acceptance and use of contraception. Proponents of homosexual "marriage" argue that if heterosexuals can omit the reproductive aspect of sexual union then what is the problem with their sterile (and entirely unnatural) union? Just as reproduction without the natural union (as in artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, cloning, etc.) is immoral, so is sexual union without openness to fertility.

Kathleen's Catholic said...

When I finally understood what a "sacramental marriage" meant, significant changes began. I wanted to live our life as one and as a sacrament. At the time, I didn't understand what this truly meant, but in my search God filled in the blanks!

Thanks, Peggy. This is a beautiful meditation. May all married couples find this joy of the sacramental union!

Peggy Bowes said...

Good point, Anon. Let's all pray a Rosary for a widespread return of the sanctity of marriage.

Kathleen, what a blessing that you and your husband are living a sacramental marriage. I think there would be a huge drop in the divorce rate if more people understood that.