The highlight of my Iloilo journey happened today. I hosted the beautiful wedding of our fellow servants Bro. Mark & Sis. Rebecca’s reception ceremonies.
The overflowing love and support from their friends, familes and relatives were a witnessing experience of God’s love.
During the homily, Msgr. Joemarie Delgado highlighted the importance of having God as the center of the newly wed couple’s relationship.
It’s a love triangle for life.
Bride, groom and God.
To our newly wed couple, my wife and I offer this prayer:
Father, we pray that you nourish and encourage Mark and Rebecca’s marriage.
We pray that their marriage to be filled with friendship, joy, and love. May their life together embody warmth and affection, with the deepest love and intimacy between them.
Falling in love is not a choice, but being in love is. It is a choice that requires renewal day after day, year after year, lifetime after lifetime.
Love, deep love, is simple. It is a simple choice between kindness and generosity, or blame and criticism, moment to moment.
Our choices become our habits. When we make kindness and generosity our choice, our vision becomes clear — we see with clear eyes, the good intent behind actions, the pain behind harsh words, and the fear behind untruthful speech.
Father, we pray you help them make this choice day after day.
Father, we pray for a marriage that makes both Mark and Rebecca feel cherished, understood, and validated. To feel love, your love.
A marriage where they may argue, but they will never fight.
May they show one another only kindness, generosity, and patience, and in light of their own human frailties, offer the same heart towards themselves.
And in this spirit, may their joys know no decline, may they inspire confidence in one another, and may the beatitude they experience continue forever and ever, world without end.
May their love be like Juliet’s love, as boundless as the sea,
“My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
A marriage does not exist alone. It is a marriage of families, friends, teachers, and communities.
Father, we pray that we will uphold our duty to Mark and Rebecca’s marriage.
May they be there for one another when the going gets rough — and be there to celebrate with one another when things go right — sharing joy in the day to day vicissitudes of life.
Children will come, careers will take up time, in-laws will take up patience, and petty grievances, left to fester, will tear lovers apart.
The highs of marriage will wear off, but may they always remember their love for each other. May their marriage endure in a spirit of kindness and generosity.
Falling in love is not our choice, but being in love is. It is a choice that requires renewal day after day, year after year, lifetime after lifetime.
Father, we pray you will guide them, and with us, their family, friends, and community, help them make this choice and renew it day after day.
In good times and in bad, for better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.
In Jesus name.