(Interior Castle, book VII: chapter 2)
"Then I heard something like the sound
of a great multitude or the sound of rushing
water or mighty peals of thunder, as they
said: 'Alleluia! The Lord has established
his reign, (our) God, the almighty. Let us
rejoice and be glad and give him glory. For
the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his
bride has made herself ready. She was allowed
to wear a bright, clean linen garment.' (The
linen represents the righteous deeds of the
holy ones.) Then the angel said to me, 'Write
this: Blessed are those who have been called
to the wedding feast of the Lamb.' And he
said to me, 'These words are true; they come
from God.'" (1)
The Bridegroom takes her to His side;
The Lamb begins the wedding feast.
She stands, with wonder, as His bride --
The Greatest has chosen the least!
His embrace exudes endless peace,
With greater love than she has known.
His awesome Presence cannot cease;
His life and love become her own.
At this reception, she remains:
A bride whose dress reflects His rays;
A faithful spouse who shares His pains;
A life partner who lives His ways.
The emptied self He overflows
With life and love that only grows.
May the Lamb call us to His side to
one with Him in life and love.
(1) Rev 19:6b-9
(c) Paul Buis, 2002