"Broken Together" by Casting Crowns
Marriage… The union brought together for better or for worse..
Face it, we find someone irresistible and we are attracted to them for many reasons. Through time, some of those attractions become stale and we're left with what we put into it.
That is, we're left with the reality of two very real people with our quirks, mannerisms, and, yes, our very real brokenness. We are all imperfect. Yet our Lord shows us when we come together that we need something, or rather, someone that can complete the union and make it whole– Jesus does this through the Sacrament of marriage, and allows His Holy Spirit in to crush the deceptions, lies, and resentments that can develop. We can pray to Mary and Joseph- the perfect example of a beautiful holy marriage. Joseph- Mary's most chaste spouse- touched by God's Grace through the Angel Gabriel- whose name literally means "strength" reassures him that God will provide the virtues that Joseph will need in order to fulfill his deep love for and devotion to Mary- that selfLESS decision to love by giving of oneself to another. Joseph protects, adores, respects, guards, with humble obedience to the Father- which develops in him virtuous and holy confidence in the Lord's providence for the little Holy Family.
Mary with her humble fiat becomes the first Tabernacle of Jesus; her womb holding the Savior of the world. Once again, God in His Providence, has protected the sanctity of a union so blessed that love has become sacred, beautiful– holy…
In our brokenness; we fall into a trap of "married singles" in our modern day of instant gratification and horrid temptations. We seek satisfaction in the best house, car, school district, furniture…. only to find each other lost and lonely. Addictive behaviors can even take root in our self-seeking and we essentially lose our lives trying to seek happiness in our worldly pleasures. What can break that chain? Frequent visits to Adoration Chapels together, praying together.. listening to each other. When we decide to let go of earthly treasures and drop the phones, and go to the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist, we are fed and our souls unite and then, God has room to pull our brokenness together and make us unified in a love so deep.. so real that….myself? Well, sometimes I catch myself getting giddy over my husband's embrace when he wraps his strong arms around me. and sometimes at mass our hands come together and we know in our hearts that deepest satisfaction that only God gives.