The world is full of love stories. Fairytale love stories. Tragic love stories. Funny love stories. We read books about love stories. We watch movies featuring love stories. Most of our television shows include some sort of love story. From the snippets we read online about a particularly romantic engagement, to the photos of an extravagant wedding, to the touching stories of a man and wife by each other’s side through the most trying of situations until the very end.
On August 2 my little sister took a big step in her love story. Family and friends from all over came together to be a part of her and her new husband’s wedding day. It was a beautiful Mass full of reverence and love followed by a joyous celebration at the reception. She is an absolutely beautiful girl but looked even more beautiful than usual as she was filled with the joy of marrying the love of her life. All the planning and preparing paid off as the day was absolutely perfect and a wonderful time was had by all.
In the days following the wedding I have found myself reminiscing about my own wedding three years ago and thinking about weddings, marriage, and love. A joyous marriage with Christ at the center of it presents one of the best love stories we can live out in our lives. After all, the love that a husband and wife share carries with it respect, forgiveness, patience, and a lifelong commitment. What could be better than that?
“The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white host.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen
All the love stories in the word, all the perfect wedding days and long lasting marriages and romantic engagements, cannot compare to the greatest love story of all: the love of God the Father shown to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. We may not have been there at Calvary with the Lord. But we are blessed to have the most precious gift of the Eucharist to receive our Lord and be filled with His love.
The love stories we write here on earth are only ever possible because of the greatest love story of them all. Love is a wonderful gift given to us by the Lord. The love between a man and wife through marriage is the human attempt to mirror the divine love of the Trinity. Fully and freely giving of oneself to another as Christ fully gave of Himself to us.
We are called to share the love of the Lord. With the love stories we take part in through marriage, family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers, we grow in love. As we strengthen our own love stories, we find ourselves pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery of true love shown to us through Jesus Christ and made fully present to us in a reality far beyond our understanding in the Holy Eucharist: the greatest love story of them all.
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