I remember sitting in the back of my grandfather’s car as the air conditioner’s hum muffled the people’s voices outside. When it was time, I stepped outside of the car and walked towards the church. I stopped for a moment, looked around, and took a deep breath. This was it. With a nod of my head, the doors opened before me, and the music began to play. I looked up towards the foot of the altar, and there was my beloved, waiting for me. After months of preparation and years of expectation, the hour had finally come. It was time to say, “I do.”
“Holy Communion is the royal wedding of the Christian, it is the visit of his divine king, and it is the feast of the Corpus Christi of the communicant” (Saint Peter Julian). When I saw the look in the eyes of my beloved on our wedding day, all my worries disappeared. At that moment, it didn’t matter if I had chosen the right caterer or if the band would play the perfect song. All that mattered was that I was marrying my love.
Here we are today, at the threshold between Lent and Easter, the door of the Holy Triduum. Maybe we’ve had a very fruitful Lent and feel ready for this moment, or perhaps we feel we’ve fallen short of our own expectations and do not feel ready at all. But regardless of how we feel, this is it. “Jesus knew that his hour had come” (John 13:1). The doors open, and we hear the song. “Arise, my friend, my beautiful one, and come!” (Song of Songs 2:13). We hesitate for a moment, but then we look up and see our beloved waiting for us. We smile, and we enter… the time has come.
Let us pray:
Lord, please accept the offering of every moment of preparation we’ve had this Lent. We put it in the hands of Mary, our mother, and ask her to make it pleasing to you. May we grow in love of God and neighbor as we follow the model you have given us to follow. Amen.
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