Okay, married folk and smart Catholic people. :)
I was trying to write a reflective devotional today on marriage-related things (in response to my marriage prep assignment to read Fr. Wojtyla's "Love & Responsibility") and noted he recommended reading 1 Cor 7. So I flipped open my Bible.
Given how beautifully JPII spoke of marriage and sexuality, this scripture is very jarring for me. Yes, I've read it before, but it really hit me just now how "second rate" marriage sounds in this passage. Paul really seems to emphasize that while marriage isn't a sin (gee thanks Paul LOL), it's just not the best path in life. Stick to celibacy unless you just REALLY can't control yourself. (Huh? Sounds like a recipe for disaster if you ask me. I want to marry a man who CAN control his passions).
I just got really depressed and confused reading this passage. Here I am getting married, and it sounds like God has either called me to the second-rate vocation (huh?) or perhaps *I *am just lacking in self-control to embrace the "better" vocation? Where's does marriage being one of the Seven Sacraments and a beautiful reflection of God and a path to holiness and true Godly love fit into all this? Because Paul seems pretty adamant here that just about everyone is better off than married people - spiritually and materially - and it's really ideal to avoid it.
Sorry my thoughts aren't coherent. I guess what I am looking for here is some wise Catholic reading and encouragement explaining/putting this passage in perspective. B/c I feel Paul just slammed my vocation lol (and being God's Word, I almost fee a little rejected by God in reading this. Am I crazy?).