Just wondering something. If it’s nonsense or irreverent, or if there’s another thread or book that already tackles the subject, let me know.
On another thread I read something from ProdglArchitect about unification between husband and wife: “This takes places primarily on the wedding night, and is reinforced and reenacted every subsequent time you and your spouse have sex.”
And this directly reminded me of our theology of Christ’s sacrifice and the Eucharist.
He sacrificed himself once, and this act is re-presented every time we celebrate Eucharist.
I realized more symmetry:
The sacrifice of Jesus was initiated by the banquet of the Last Supper, the first Eucharist. Likewise, the ceremony of the wedding is initiated by a banquet. Both contain a very clear promise.
The physical reality of the sacrifice was enacted by the bodily sacrifice of Jesus Christ;
the physical reality of the marriage is enacted by the consummation of the couple.
The Eucharist creates communion within our Church;
the sexual act creates communion between a married couple.
On the cross, the Church was born - so many people say;
the marital act is the only possible event where a soul can be born.
There are reasons to abstain from the Eucharist if man is not worthy to receive;
there are reasons to abstain from sexuality if you are not capable of supporting the fruit.
The Eucharist is a mystery that you can only enter after being properly instructed and initiated;
the sexual act is a mystery that you can only enter after a valid marriage and valid intentions.
The Eucharist is subject to a lot of irreverence and misunderstanding;
the same goes for the sexual act.
I like the physicality of our catholic faith: Word becomes flesh, God chooses earthly vessels to “contain” his Heavenly presence. (The Church, the Sacraments, Bread and Wine, priests) All corporeal things that do not only symbolize something heavenly, but in which the heavenly exists. I really am in awe of how a divinely centered sexual act also vibrates this same meaning. The act, that lots of people call so material, in fact allows God to create a soul from heaven into an earthly body.
I’m just saw in awe of this miracle of creation that I can’t believe and can’t stop at “Oh, it’s just for fun and lust.” There must be a very divine, theological, spiritual base for it. Not just on the ‘we feel like heaven’-level, but in this deep sacramental level.
It would greatly help my own sense of marriage and Eucharist if someone can help me clarify if I’m correct or not in this line of thinking.