The Divine Imagery of Marriage

As the Synod on the Family takes place in the Vatican right now, Moira reflects on the divine imagery of marriage in her poem.

In this 19th century work by the French painter Jean-Francois Millet, a farming couple prays the Angelus at dusk
In this 19th century work by the French painter Jean-Francois Millet, a farming couple prays the Angelus at dusk

The Farmer’s Wife

The farmer’s wife awaits her husband whilst sowing undying seeds,
She is adorned with ageless beauty, but at times is ruled by greed.

The farmer’s wife is longing, desperate to be heard,
She lights a candle, remains in the stillness and is often called absurd.

The farmer’s wife forgets at times, caught up in independence
Concerned more about the mission of good works, rather than the one who sent it.

The farmer’s wife desires and craves satisfaction
At times she turns away her face, caught up in earthly distractions

The farmer’s wife grows hungry, as she gazes upon the hill,
Knowing that once her husband returns, she will eat her fill.

The farmer’s wife is thirsty, as she seeks a prayerful sign,
She finds comfort in His presence, dwelling in bread and wine.

The farmer’s wife is lonely; her lips reduce to silence,
She searches for an answer to provide her with guidance.

The farmer’s wife is peaceful, serene like the seeds she has sown.
It is then she realises her husband never left… she was never really alone.

Reflection on the divine imagery of the marriage

As I was staring at this piece of artwork it made me ponder the divine imagery that is constantly expressed through the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. The divine imagery being the many images and examples around us that depict the essence of our relationship with God that can be summed up in one word: marriage.

Marriage is expressed in the religious life, in the priesthood, in holy matrimony itself and furthermore in our sacramental relationship we have with our bridegroom, God. God models His love for us in marriage, and it is through these images that He reveals the extent of His love for us – something completely incomprehensible.