Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage
Rev. Shibi Abraham
MTC of Oklahoma
21 Be subject to one
another out of reverence for Christ.
verse is one of the boldest statements in all of Paul's writings, taken here
from his letter to the believers in the church. At a time 2000 years ago,
where in most of the Roman Empire, women were not given an equal status with
men, this is a radical statement where St Paul is speaking about the
mutuality and accountability in a husband-wife relationship. Both man
and woman are asked to love and respect each other.
As we mediate on this passage, it should not be viewed as a
reaffirmation of the values of a society 2,000 years ago. Rather it should
be viewed as a reaffirmation of the good that was part of the original
creation, and a reaffirmation of the new possibilities in Christ.
In this passage that is read during the wedding services of the
Mar Thoma Church, St Paul is stating that men are women are equals in
Christ. a patriarchal society, males have domination, but not
in the Church- the faith community. Illustrating the relationship of
husband and wife, St Paul says that Christ is the bridegroom and the church is
the bride. In the body of Christ, each has a place but all are equals (Gal 3:28
Col 3:11.) What is said about the church is also true in the
celebration of marriage in everyday life.
Further, Paul instructs men to love their wives as Christ loved
the Church. Focusing on Christ's relationship with the church and asking men to
emulate that bond with their wives, Paul redefined the roles of partners in
married life. Christ lived and died for the Church. He was willing to work
ceaselessly to improve the church in every aspect. Christ wanted to uplift
the church physically, mentally, and spiritually. In difficult times,
Christ reassured the church. Christ lived with the Church, to elevate
them and encourage them. Christ worked to have all the members of the
church achieve the potential that they could. He wanted the Church to be
the Church it was capable of being.
Thought for the day:
Marriage is a sacrament, it is a means of Grace, to help us live a divine life.
Prayer: Lord, Bless our marriage. Allow us to have the marriage that you want us to have. As Christ loved the church, may we love each other. In Jesus name we pray. Amen