Wonder of Wonders
Miracle of Miracles.
You will have to forgive me if I incorporate one one of my favorite things into my posts. Fiddler on the Roof IS is one of the most religiously themed musicals of them all. More fodder to post about. However…. moving on.
After the merriment of the yuletide season wrapped following the joy of the Nativity to the wonder of the Epiphany (the arrival of the Magi to see the infant King) and finally to the commemoration of the Lord’s Baptism, we move seemlessly to the first sign of Jesus’ status as the Messiah: the Wedding feast at Cana wherein he turned water into wine after the supply had run dry. Mary (referred to only as “his mother” in John’s gospel) told the servants to “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 3:5) Quite prophetic and that which every Christian is called to do. Something which seems to be sorely lacking in today’s world of failing faith.
The Sacrament of Marriage appears to be transforming from a blessed covenant into an idea of little importance to the world at large. It is changing from a vow of love “until death us do part” to “until LOVE departs.” Marriage is a symbol of love and fidelity not only between a man and woman but also between that man, woman AND GOD the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today’s world has wandered far from this idea. Not only are states changing the Biblical nature of this union to include same-gender bondings but make it sound almost as if the disillusion of the bonding is a natural, everyday occurrence.
Media seems to glorify divorce. How many separations every year do we hear about in pop culture? How many couples do we read about in the newspaper which have fallen apart after only months or even weeks? My own family has been witness to three failed marriages (well one appears to be blessedly heading heading…. well we will let God lead that upon the path it is destined for without any help from this post). Although I am still single, I believe firmly that the world’s changing view of the most beautiful of blessings has been detrimental to the collapsing of the institution and I believe that there is always hope when faith in Our Savior is at the center of any event on our life’s journey.
My hope and prayer is that a happy, successful, life-long, and God-centered (the celebrant IS placed between the bride and groom) marriage becomes the World’s rule and not the exception. There are several which I see and hear of flourishing and I thank HIM for them.