(The marriage of Kate and Michael Armstrong, 2012 by Rev. John Gishler)
In the Gospel Reading (Mark 10.6-9) Jesus teaches us that in marriage two people both leave their parents protection and authority and are joined together in a “one flesh” relationship. This is a spiritual relationship because they are joined not by physical birth but an emotional or spiritual attraction. To understand love more deeply, we need to look at marriage as a relationship between two human spirits that have physical bodies. These two spirits are about to promise to love, comfort, honour and protect each other in order to grow and experience joy in this relationship.
1. They will promise to love each other.
a. There are no limitations or conditions attached
b. These promises are being made in the presence of God
c. Apostle Paul defines unconditional love as patient and kind
d. Unconditional love is not self-seeking – self-sacrificial
e. Unconditional love keeps no record of wrongs – forgives
f. Unconditional love perseveres in hope
g. Unconditional love enables us to overcome our fear
2. They will promise to comfort each other