The Lord of the Wedding Rings

25 Feb

f718c73f-12be-4393-9d5f-2ace13bb0e2cIn Tolkien’s novel The Return of the King, the Steward of Gondor has been at his post so long he has forgotten that he is merely the guardian of the land, not its king. He sees it as his possession. This leads to a grasping at the last clutches of power, a resentment toward the real king, and ultimately an untimely death born of despair.

This Sunday’s second reading reminds us that we are “stewards of the mysteries of God. As married people, we are called specifically to safeguard the Sacrament of Matrimony. This means our marriages are a gift from God for which we are meant to care, not possess or dominate.  This perspective is freeing!  It helps us:

  • Worry less, because God is with us.
  • Release our spouse (and ourselves!) from unrealistic expectations.
  • Love our children in the most generous way.
  • See our vocation as the noble calling it is!

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The foregoing is this week’s installment of the “Marriage Minute,” produced by the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Archdiocese, which attempts to view the Sunday readings through the lens of the Sacrament of Marriage.

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