May 17

Revelation 21:1-6

“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” vs. 2

In the final sequence of his vision John speaks of a glorious future, not one in which humans go to heaven to be with God, but one in which God comes to dwell with us. Quite simply, “the dwelling place of God is with mortals;” we belong together and one day there will be a grand union of God and humanity, what some have called the Omega Point of history. John uses the imagery of marriage to describe this great coming together…the holy city appears as a bride adorned for her husband. It’s a fitting metaphor, one that is used in the letter to the Ephesians, where the bride is the Church and Christ the bridegroom. Indeed, marriage is the relationship that, at its best, simply reeks of self-giving love. In a good marriage husbands and wives lose track of themselves, put aside their self-serving behaviors, and willingly give their hearts to the other. Unhealthy dualistic thinking is put aside in favor of a glorious unity, a relationship in which both partners can find the companionship that is the Divine Intention for living in this world. The two become one and in so doing get a taste of unparalleled love and affection. It’s a glimpse of heaven on earth, and a foretaste of the life to come.

Thought for the Day: What makes a marriage strong?

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