A Dream Fulfilled


Editor's Note: In July 2006, we were pleased to publish the success story of Jessica & Anthony, A Dream Come True.
Jessica has kindly shared follow-up thoughts on their wedding and the
Scripture readings they chose, to help other singles in the 4marks'
community find their way to the place they are called to be. 


A married couple. A married couple. It hasn’t even been two years since
we first met on Catholic Match, and now, we’re a married couple. It
still seems so unreal that everything we dreamed about, and hoped and
prayed for has come true. We both truly feel that God has given to us
so generously that even if we spent every moment of every day for the
rest of our lives glorifying and praising Him, it would still never be
enough to thank Him.

Our words can never mean as much as His do. So we both believe it’s
fitting that our “marriage success story” should consist not of our own
thoughts, but of these readings from the Holy Scriptures, which we
chose for our wedding day Mass.

Thank you, Catholic Match, for “interceding” and being “God’s
assistants” in bringing us together. We are grateful to you and to Him
with all our hearts.

We pray for all the brave and faithful men and women who are trusting
in the Lord to bring them to the love of their life. He did it for us.
He will do the same for you.

With love,
Anthony & Jessica

A Reading From the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (8:31b-35, 37-39)

Brothers and sisters,
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for all of us,
will he not with him also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who is to condemn?
It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height,
nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate
us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Word of the Lord.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (5:2a, 21-33)

Brothers and sisters,
Live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives, be subordinate to your husbands as you are to the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior.
As the church is subordinate to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her with the washing of water by the word,
that he might present the Church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or any such thing –
yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.
In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares
for it, just as Christ does for the Church, because we are members of
his Body.
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.
Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

The Word of the Lord.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5:1-12)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven."

The Gospel of the Lord


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