This picture, it seems, sums up EVERYTHING that life is about.
Married people especially should understand this.
First - this picture is at the moment of ‘consecration’ - that is, when the priest in a Catholic mass prays special prayers that make bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus.
The idea is like marriage: he, the groom, gives his entire being to us, his bride, the Church.
The two become one. How? By the bride receiving into herself her beloved, the husband. Which hopefully will bear new life.
Immediately after the priest prays this prayer of consecration, he holds up the host to show to the people. Evidence of the total gift of God’s life to you and to me.
That’s what the photo depicts:
"for This is my body, which will be given up for you."
These are the words of true love.
They are the words a man says and carries out sacrificially every day for his bride.
They are the words that Jesus said and carried out on the cross for you and for me.
"All of me, all for you. At every moment. Every day. For the rest of eternity."
This picture is like a crucifix. Arms stretched out in total offering for the Beloved.
And if it’s not real - if it’s just a symbol or not true, or anything other than actually God’s pledge of unconditional love, it’s all a waste of time.
Mind blowing, really.
"Your love, O Lord, is better than life itself." Psalm 63.3