Love endures

by Fr. Jeff

Standing in front of everyone at the Knights of Columbus meeting, I was preparing to begin our prayer service.

“I’ve never done this before! I guess this is part of being newly ordained!” I smiled as everyone in the hall laughed.

I’ve had the opportunity to witness a new marriage on several occasions, but this was different. The Knights had invited me to their meeting to lead them in the blessing and renewal of their wedding vows.

As I led them in prayer, I was struck by the beauty of this particular encounter. Standing before me wasn’t men and women who were being married for the first time. Rather, these were men and women who had been through it all: good times and bad, sickness and health, for better and for worse.

With some tears and a lot of smiles, the spouses reaffirmed their commitment to one another.

Then a man from the back yelled, “Can I kiss my bride!?”

Everyone laughed.

But deep down, his exclamation resonated the true nature of marriage. For richer and poorer, through the good times and bad, through the sickness and health–through it all–

love endures.