“Happy are those who are invited to the wedding Feast of the Lamb.” Rev.19:9
Fifty years ago on this very day my parents whispered the magical words “I do”. Today they would have celebrated their Golden Jubilee had my father still been alive. And, of course, I wouldn’t have been sitting here writing this but would have been back home with them partaking in the celebrations.
My parents shared a life of love, a love so true. A life that was enriched and strengthened by the blessings of the Good Lord above. Through the thirty three years that they lived together, they drew from each other’ strength and filled in for each other’s weakness to complete the circle of a happy family together with my siblings and me. I am sure that every turn of the road must have been a beautiful and learning experience for them. Every season must have had its own charm and message. Every page in their book of marital life must have had both happy moments and trials but together they made it in each other’s love and by each other’s side as long as they were together. After all, their lives were based on the corner stone of love which was the key to their happiness. The beauty of both love and time was witnessed throughout their years together.
Today, I am consoling myself with the beautiful moments of their silver wedding celebrations twenty five years ago, which was truly an occasion in our memories to stay forever. Feeling overwhelmed by this day and unable to stop the surge of emotions at what we are missing today and what could have been, the Lord has filled in with His own way to make up for the happiness that should have been in force today.
A few days ago, we had the decade anniversary of the solemnization of our new parish Church by the Bishop of our Vicariate. A day later, my own friend celebrated her Silver wedding and I guess, in a way, it was the jubilee celebration in place of the one that ought to have been celebrated on behalf of my parents.
The best highlight of this jubilee week was when at the start of this week, I was blessed with a surprise and unscheduled visit of our Lady at my home. I could hardly contain my joy at this bonanza straight from heaven. I somehow had this secret wish in my heart to have Our Lady with me on my parents golden jubilee day. Well, the Lord knows our secret thoughts and emotions and He fulfills them with perfect timing!
We all know that the Church is the bride of Christ. We read in the book of revelation 19:8; “ Let us be glad and joyful and give praise to God, because this is the time for the marriage of the Lamb. His bride is ready. She has been able to dress herself in dazzling white linen, because her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints.'"
The wedding feast refers to the marriage supper of the Lamb. We the pilgrims on earth should be ready like the wise virgins with our lamps trimmed or rather souls ready and filled with the Holy Spirit to welcome the bridegroom when He arrives at a time when we are not expecting him. He will then gather those who are in Christ at the second coming to partake in the glorious celebration of this wedding banquet.
We can well imagine this magnificent scene, to pass through the eternal realms and enter the splendid gates into the banquet hall of the Sovereign King on the throne. The veil will be lifted and we shall see him as the King of Kings in His dazzling form. The covenant between God and His people will be sealed forever with the chosen ones in the new heavenly Jerusalem which has been aptly described as the “wife of the Lamb.” A city made up of the Glorious Church in Heaven with those who have been raised with Christ along with the Legion of Angels, Saints and Prophets.
Let us prepare our hearts to partake in this wedding feast and ensure that our journey on earth makes it possible to gain an invitation to this great heavenly banquet.
Maria Machado Franco
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