Marriage and chastity

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“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3: 15-16). We may say that Christ does not tolerate mediocrity, even in marriage, even in the consecration to priesthood. “Those whom I love I rebuke (I throw them into crises… blessed crises!) and discipline them, So be earnest (love jealously!) and repent.” (3, 19). Jesus commands love, passionate love, capable of reaching even the point of jealousy. True love, which is not self-absorbed, lazy, nor idle (now we come to the point), but a love that can never say enough.

The Risen Christ talks in the first person and addresses a Church He likes (you have to like your husband or wife!) and about which He feels nostalgic. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (3, 20). Here the author probably takes his cue from the Song of Solomon: “My beloved is knocking. Open to me, my sister”. Bride and groom should always be a bit betrothed, marriage and chastity. I.e., it must be a life in the Holy Spirit which gives us liberation from our sins through baptism and reconciliation both in couple and family life.

At the heart of the story takes place a clash between the forces of good and evil. The Lamb wins, the crucified and risen one, the Christ-lamb. But with Him, those who partake in the marriage of the Lamb, Christians, bride and groom who follow the Lamb wherever he goes and actively partake in building the Kingdom. Revelation 7: 9-17: Through their prayers, sacrifices, and sufferings, readiness to give their life for the groom, the bride, their children, the faithful spouses partake in the wedding of the Lamb.

You understand that the issue here is not so much participation in the Eucharist, but to be faithful to the sacrament of love till the end. Mobsters partake in the Eucharist and receive communion too. In fact, at some point of the Gospel, Jesus says: “Stay away from me, I do not know you!”, addressing those who said they have always been at His table, listening to His word, having even seen His miracles. I do not know you. From the fruits ye shall know what are the acts of Justice of the spouses? All the good deeds they have tried to do in living that sacrament.

Their difficulties, their sufferings, their secret generosity known only to the Father. That is, the things that will be expressed to us as a gift. This is the linen of the wedding dress. In a working, concrete, sometimes monotonous, overwhelming, and exhausting daily life. This will be a joy for Christian spouses of good will: having been faithful despite fragility and called to love Christ the way Christ loves them: faithfully. “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (19,9). “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (21, 1-2).

Revelation Chapter 21: “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price”. He who bears witness to these things will say: “I will come soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you”.

Taken from The Five Talents of the Spouses

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