Preparing for Our Spouse

[ 6 ] December 13, AD 2012 |

 bride and groom

Catholic singles, especially the ladies, have many things they do to prepare for the day they say “I do” and begin their married lives.  There’s the age-old tradition of stocking a Hope Chest, full of useful and sentimental things for a future home, or the habit of writing letters to a future husband/wife, to be shared with them at a special time.  They practice purity and save themselves, and cultivate virtue to prepare themselves to meet their future loves worthily, when the time comes.  They put so much energy, time, and thought into readying themselves for the day they’ve been waiting for their entire lives.  But, they aren’t the only ones who should be readying a place in their hearts and homes for an approaching lover.

Advent is the time when Catholics start preparing, as the wonderful song “People Look East” reminds them, to “trim the hearth and set the table” for “Love the Lord is on the way”.  To continue with the wedding analogy, the Church is the Bride of Christ, and Advent is the time for her to adorn herself in anticipation of meeting Him for the first time.  As the season continues, Catholics should- like a giddy bride before her wedding- joyfully ready themselves to receive- and to give- the greatest gift of all: the gift of another.  For Christmas is the day when God, out of infinite love for His people, took on the form of man so completely that He truly became one of His children, fully human while fully divine, and gave His people the unparalleled gift of Himself, in the humble form of a child.  Think of it, the King of Kings, the one whom the universe cannot contain, cradled gently in a small feeding troth, the Bread of Life indeed.

But this was not a gift whose excitement died away as time passed, for this great gift, this God-Man called Savior, kept on giving of Himself until He had not one drop of blood left to give.  And when His blood ran out, He instituted a Sacrament through which His people might continue to receive Him, Body and Soul, for all eternity.

So, as Advent approaches, “set every peak and valley humming, with the news the Lord is coming” and “look East” for the Bridegroom is coming, and His loving eyes will be looking for His Bride.

I would like to thank Tito Edwards for linking to this article in his National Catholic Register post for December 15, 2012.

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Abigail C. Reimel is a budding Catholic author in love with her faith. Among other things, she enjoys playing the violin, reading and re-reading books, watching movies, spending time with her family, and driving around town, listening to music with the windows down. She has been published in the St. Austin Review, and posts regularly on her blog, a "A Catholic Teen's Perspective". She adores living by the ocean, but traded salty winds for mountain air to attend Christendom College, where she plans to major in English and master swing dancing.
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  • Elizabeth

    Wonderful thought! Thank you!

    • Abigail C. Reimel

      Thank you! God bless!

  • Stephanie

    I love this article and especially your wedding imagery! I have a weird question though. There’s an image that you have as a thumbnail next to this on the front page but it’s not in the article. Do you know where I can find it? I’d really like to see it larger if I can. Thanks for posting! :)

    • Abigail C. Reimel

      Thank you! And glory be to God for creating our relationships here on Earth in such a way that they mirror our relationship with Him, as a whole! Actually, you can find it by typing in “the Church is the bride of Christ images” in a Bing search bar (www.bing.com), and it will be one of the first images to come up. Good luck, and God bless!

  • http://captivetheheart.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Thanks for this reflection, Abigail! I am very happily married and am still a relative newlywed, which makes it easy to consider the Bride-Bridegroom relationship in an earthly context, but I sometimes forget to view Christ’s love for me, individually, as part of His body in the Church, in the same way. So grateful for this reminder.