Marriage is a miracle on earth

Olga Scherbak
21.05.2015

Marriage is a miracle on earth

Marriage is a miracle on earth. In a world where everything and everyone goes wild, marriage is a place where two people, due to the fact that they love each other, become one, the place where discord ends, where the realization of a single life begins. And this is the greatest miracle of human relations: two suddenly become one person, two people suddenly, because they have loved and accepted each other to the end, turn out to be something more than two than just two people - they turn out to be unity.

 

Love is an amazing feeling, but it is not only a feeling, it is a state of the whole being. Love begins at that moment when I see a person in front of me and I see his depths, when suddenly I see his essence. Of course, when I say “I see”, I do not want to say “I comprehend with the mind” or “I see with my eyes”, but “I comprehend with my whole being.”

The mystery of love for man begins at that moment when we look at him without the desire to possess him, without the desire to dominate him, without wanting in any way to use his gifts or his personality - just look and marvel at the beauty that we opened up.

 

When I am face to face with a person whom I see through love, not with the eyes of indifference or hatred, namely love, I join this person, we begin something common, a common life. Human perception occurs at a depth that is beyond words, beyond emotions. The believer would say: when I see a man in this light, in the light of pure love, I see in him the image of God, the icon. You know, each of us is an icon, an image of God, but we do not know how to remember this and do not know how to relate to each other accordingly. If only we could remember that before us is an icon, a shrine! .. This does not mean at all that such an icon is beautiful in all respects.

 

If we look at this picture, at any work of art through the eyes of astonished love, we see the beautiful, but we can grieve and cry about the rest. And we can decide, sometimes, to give our whole life so that everything damaged in this image, in this picture, in this work of art, be restored. This is a love affair: to look at a person and at the same time to see his inalienable beauty in him - and be terrified at what life has made of him, has accomplished over him.Love is precisely the extreme, the ultimate suffering, the pain that a person is imperfect, and at the same time the jubilation that he is so amazingly, uniquely beautiful. Now, if you look at a person like that at least once, you can love him - no matter what, despite everything that catches the eye of other people.

 

It is extremely important to remember that love is realistic to the end, that it embraces a person entirely and that she sees, she sightedly, but instead of condemning, instead of repudiating a person, she cries over disfigurement and is ready to put life on all painful, spoiled was corrected and healed. This is what is called chaste attitude towards a person; this is the real beginning of love, the first serious vision.

 

And this applies to marriage in all respects, not only feeling, not only communication in thought, but also bodily communication. Only one must remember, one must firmly know that the bodily unity of two people loving each other is not the beginning, but the fullness and the limit of their mutual relations, that only when two people become one heart, mind, spirit, their unity can grow, reveal itself physical connection, which then becomes no longer the greedy possession of one another,not a passive bestowal of one to another, but a sacrament, the most real sacrament, that is, such an action, which directly comes from God and leads to Him.

 

... Corporal marriage, too, according to the teachings of one of the fathers of the Church, is presented as a sacrament, like the Eucharist, to the communion of believers. In what sense? In the sense that in the Eucharist by the power of God, by the miracle of uniting love and faith in each other, the believer and Christ are made one. And in marriage (of course, on a different level and in a different way), thanks to mutual faith and mutual love, two people outgrow any discord and become a single being, one person in two persons. This is at the same time the fullness of marriage of spiritual, spiritual, bodily and complete chastity, when two people treat each other as a shrine and turn all their relationships, including physical, into a sacrament, into something transcending the earth and elevating to eternity.

 

In one ancient manuscript of the Gospel, there is a place where they ask Christ: “When will the kingdom of God come?” And Christ replies: “The kingdom of God has already come where two are no longer two, but one ...”

 

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

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