The Triune Nature of Marriage
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 15:9-12 Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” This passage from John’s gospel builds upon the love that is present as it urges the couple and the community to remain in love. This passage is part of some words of farewell from Jesus to his disciples. He expresses his love for them before his return to the Father. The Father has loved the Son, who in turn loved the people. Now, the people are to keep alive that love by imitating it in their communities. This kind of love is the love expressed by the Trinity. Marriage itself is a mirror of the Trinity in human form. God becomes the head of the household, and the husband and wife become one under God. In Ephesians 5:25 it says that husbands are required to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. It is this expression of selflessness and submission to God that mirrors the perfect love of Christ as He gave himself for us. As we give ourselves to our spouse freely without calculation, condition, or discussion, we manifest the love of the Father to the Son in the purest fashion. Marriage then is yet another form of the Trinity. We have God as the head, the husband under God, and the wife under the husband. It is the perfect expression of The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost being played out in the bonds of matrimony. This love is not an emotion or a feeling which is always passing, but it is a permanent love that wells up from within the fullness of one’s being. Following the command to love in the selfless ways of the Trinity leads to lasting joy. As couples strive to retain and remain in love, they bring joy to God. Committed, mutual, married love completes divine joy.