After the sacrifice of Lent and the gloom of Holy Week, we can sometimes arrive at Easter like someone who has just finished a dreaded chore. We can think, “Hooray, we made it!” Now, pass the jelly beans. However, if this is our approach, the Resurrection of Jesus becomes no more than a happy ending to a scary story, and we miss the gift it can be for our marriages.
The first message of the Resurrection is “Don’t be afraid!” This phrase is proclaimed to all who approach the empty tomb, and it is proclaimed to us as married people as well. We should not be afraid:
- … of serious illness, financial, or relationship problems. He has conquered even death, so He can bring good out of any evil we face.
- … of facing our own or our spouse’s sin. He loved His disciples even after they abandoned Him; He can help us love each other with that same love.
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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.