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Love Song for Number Two

Wedding Homily: Gospel: Mt. 22:35-40

Fr. Frank Pavone


The day has arrived... a day we have all looked forward to and planned for a long time. As this day has drawn near, the two of you have received a lot of advice, and certainly before the day is over, you will receive a lot more.

What is the one most important word of advice you can receive for your marriage? What is the number one rule for your marriage to be happy... and for your life to be fulfilling? This is basically the question that Jesus was asked in the Gospel reading. "Which commandment of the law is the greatest?" In other words, what must we keep uppermost in mind?

Regarding marriage, most would probably say, "The most important thing is: love each other." But - and this may surprise us - Jesus does NOT say that. Jesus says that you must love each other, but that is the SECOND commandment. The first, most important one is, "Love the LORD your GOD." God is to be first, and Christ tells us to love Him not with SOME of our heart or even most of our heart, but with ALL of our heart. There are three partners to a successful marriage: husband, wife, and God. And God must be first. There is a Christian song called "Love song for Number Two." A Christian's husband is her "Number Two"; a Christian's wife is his "Number Two." Number One for both is the Lord.


First of all, only He can fully satisfy our heart. A husband and wife can make each other happy, but can never FULLY SATISFY each other's deepest longings. If they set out on marriage expecting to make each other PERFECTLY content, they will end up frustrated and disappointed. The human heart was made for God and is restless until it rests in Him.

Beside this, it is only when we love God that we are ABLE to love one another! The power to love, to give ourselves away in good times and bad, in sickness and health, all the days of our life, comes from God! We cannot rely on our own strength! The vows you make today are, HUMANLY SPEAKING, not only difficult but impossible to fulfill. Yet we do not rely on only human strength. The two of you, N. and N., are not the only ones making vows here today. GOD is making a vow. He says, "I will be with you, and I will give you every ounce of strength you need to be faithful to each other no matter what!" God promises that here today!

That is why you are getting married before His altar, rather than at home or at your favorite spot in the park or at the beach. You make your vows before the altar of God, because you know that you cannot do this without Him. You want to root your marriage and your lives in Him. You want to respond to Him.

How will you do that? First of all, pray together. You are joining your lives here today: join your prayers as well. Also, nourish yourselves and your children on the Word of God in Scripture and the teachings of the Church! Make use of the sacraments of the Church: Confession, to wash your sins away, and Holy Communion, to draw you even closer to Christ and each other.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Then, N. and N., I promise you in the Name of Christ, that you will be able to love one another all the days of your life! God bless you!



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