Archive for April 29th, 2011

Quite a few years ago, when the world was all abuzz about another royal wedding, the Archbishop of Canterbury made this observation, if memory serves:  other nations celebrate their national identity with a display of arms and weaponry but here we are celebrating a marriage between a man and a woman and the possibility of life.  I think he was referring to the practice of the then Soviet Union every May Day parading their military might in Red Square, as it was called then in Russia.  I think the Anglican Pastor was on to something.  The Soviets celebrated death, England life. The Soviets were ostensibly atheists and England ostensibly Christian.  It  still showed.

The world is again all gaga over a royal  wedding, this time Prince William, one of the beloved sons of the previous royal wedding and as we know, failed marriage,  and a commoner, Kate Middleton with all the accoutrements of a wedding, especially a royal wedding.  But it is excited over a wedding, a marriage and the life of a man and a woman becoming one which is always for life.  Truly we are seeing the  “focus on the family”.

In our culture saturated with lust and sexuality outside of marriage, I do not think this focus tomorrow, with all it’s glitz and media trivialization,  can be so slightly dismissed by Christians and with us the adherents of many other religions.  After all, marriage is truly the ecumenical institution of all mankind.  Remember:  marriage was given by the Lord before the Fall into sin.  Marriage is truly a catholic, that is the universal institution,  the estate “ordained by God”.   And the word, catholic is from two Greek words, kata holos, that is “according to the whole”.  Marriage between a man and a woman and the possibility of life and family is according to the whole and the whole is of God.  I know that  I maybe grasping at straws in these dark days.  But it has to be said:  I can only imagine with horror the ‘nuptials’ so celebrated between Prince William and say, a ‘Prince Stephen’.  Such can not work. In that there is nothing “according to the whole”.  Yes, the previous royal wedding ended in tragedy: divorce.  But even then, that royal couple had two sons, as do many other couples have children after the sorrow of the ending of a marriage.  We might mean it for evil, but God intends it for good… yes, in spite of us.  The marriage tomorrow is fraught with all the dangers inherent in marriage today, as it always has been:  see for instance Abraham and Sarah. And yet,  marriage between  man and woman is abundantly blessed by God.

The media has reported all the justification for the continuation of England’s monarchy:  tradition, it brings in tourist dollars, etc. If there was a raison e’tre for the monarchy and the 1,000 year plus tradition it embodies, it maybe is for in our day what will happen tomorrow:  a very public  celebration of nuptial love. Yes, the royal wedding tomorrow is accompanied by such media hype:  but here for once I can say, maybe it should be and that’s great!  Christians are adherents of the Lord who begins His narrative with marriage in a Garden and says that in His Beloved Son all history will be consummated in a wedding with all the glory of Heaven which can only be revealed in the joy of wedding and marriage which will really be over the top:

 “Hallelujah!For the Lord our God
   the Almighty reigns.
7Let us rejoice and exult
   and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
   and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
   with fine linen, bright and pure”—

(Revelation 19:  6-8)

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

(Revelation 21: 2)

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