Monday, August 4, 2008

'Tis the Season

Not the Christmas Season, but the wedding season! This is not a complaint at all--I'm just astounded at how many of our friends have been (or are, or will soon be) getting married! It may have been "just because" we got married that I started noticing, but the number of weddings we were invited to really seemed to increase once T and I "took the plunge." Actually, I really love it. So many good, holy, faithful couples getting married and devoting their lives to God's will and His gift of life (that's another side of the coin--SO MANY BABIES are coming (and have come) from these couples! I think openness to life is one of the most important aspects of getting married. If you're not ready to accept children, don't get married. (Sorry if that sounds harsh, it's just the way I feel)). The door of our fridge has had at least one wedding invitation on it for the past two years--this summer we've received well over 10! (For those who don't know, we always put any wedding invitations we receive on our fridge door to remind us to pray for the couples.) Anyway, the real reason for this post is because yesterday, T and I attended the absolutely beautiful wedding of Bridget and Yuri! T's family grew up with Yuri's family in the Seattle area and Yuri since moved to Boston for an MBA from Harvard. He met Bridget here (Bridget, a true Bostonian in the best (Irish) sense of the word!) :) and the wedding was held at Bridget's home parish. It was simply lovely. The readings were particularly beautiful. The first reading was Tobias' prayer with his new wife, Sarah on their wedding day (Tobit 8:4b-8). "Grant that she and I may find mercy, and that we may grow old together." The second reading from Ephesians 5 exhorted wives to submit to their husbands, and husbands to love their wives "as Christ loves the Church, giving Himself up for her " (Eph 5:25). But the gospel was the most intriguing. Bridget and Yuri chose the passage about the miraculous catch of fish from Luke (chapter 5). Jesus asks Peter to cast his nets again (after toiling fruitlessly all day), which Peter does. The result is a great abundance of fish! Bridget and Yuri chose this passage, the priest told us, because they realize their marriage will not be all sunshine and roses after the wedding day. There will be difficult times when their efforts seem fruitless, but if they truly trust in God, He will reward their labors. This couple knows that their wedding isn't all about them, it's about God--and God's love for them. And the reception was so much fun--yummy food, great conversations, old and new friends, dancing, and hugs all around! It was wonderful to catch up with so many friends (some of whom T hadn't seen in 10 years!) and spend time with a quality group of happy people. My feet hurt today from dancing, as well as my legs and my arms. But it was fun :) And Bridget and Yuri look so happy together. Praise God for such good couples, who are so focused on Him!

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