September 10, 2016
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built. (Luke 6:43-49)
This reading is special to me, as it was one of the readings chosen by my daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Joey, for their wedding – a wedding at which I was blessed to serve as both father of the bride and officiant of the marriage.
For part of my homily that day, I used the reading as a message to the guests at the wedding – to emphasize the importance of their role in the marriage:
Joey and Laura understand that they cannot do this alone. They are not naïve enough to believe that there will not be challenges along the way.
They chose a Gospel reading that speaks to these challenges. The reading mentions a flood that can threaten the stability of a home. They will experience ongoing challenges as they learn to communicate, to think and act as one, and to understand one another.
As much as they love each other, they will experience floods, rain, and wind. On occasion it may be Tropical Storm Joey, other times Hurricane Laura.
The solid foundation referred to in the reading will help their house, their marriage, stand up against the floods. Their faith is their rock and the base of their foundation. Their parents are the cornerstones. You, the family and friends, are the walls.
Laura and Joey made out their guest list carefully. They could have invited anyone. You were chosen to be here because they believe you will provide them with the ongoing support they will need to keep their house standing. Your support does not end today; it starts today.