The entire world is at pause today as HRH Prince William marries the lovely Catherine Middleton. There is nothing to compare to the pageantry of this wedding. The streets of London swell with national pride as millions of Britons line the streets to catch even the smallest glimpse of the wedding party as they glide along in magnificent vehicles. Every moment, each tiny movement of both bride and groom, will be recorded for all the world to see. It is what one would expect from a Royal wedding. It is a day that will live on in the cultural life of England and the world for as long as this world exists.
On this day, I reflect upon the union of Christ and His Church. With what degree of anticipation do we await that day? Where is the excitement, the eager expectation for even one glimpse of the Bride? Do we spend time wondering about the Wedding garments, the guest list, the impact of that ceremony? Sadly, I think not.
I love weddings and the spiritual significance and representation of each movement, prayer, and recitation. There is something mysterious and wondrous about a wedding, which is meant to represent the union of our Lord and His Church. Although I rejoice with William and Kate in their glorious day, I long for the heart of God’s Church to be drawn in like manner to the preparation of our union with Him. Let this union become more important to us than this Royal wedding has become to England. Let our lives become more focused on fulfilling necessary duties to Him, to each other, and to ourselves in order that the Day may come. Each moment of our day, every person with whom we come in contact, every deed we do in service to our Lord becomes a thread in the fabric of our glorious Bridal gown. I pray today that we would be knitted together in love one with another as we anticipate our own Wedding day with Him.