I’ve played for a number of weddings in my day, including one just this weekend, and although each wedding was unique, they’ve all had a few things in common. Every wedding I’ve ever attended has included vows. In these vows, each spouse pledges to be true to the other. After all the “for better, for worse” stuff comes the solemn statement at the end of the vows, “I pledge you my faithfulness.” No one enters marriage with the intention of cheating on their spouse. Nor would anyone want to marry someone who is known to stray. But let me tell you about someone who did marry a cheater. On purpose.
Dear Fellow Confirmands,
Wow, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Don’t worry- that’s not our picture above, but it has been twenty-two years since we were confirmed. Remember how the nine of us sat in Confirmation class every Wednesday evening for two years? Remember those 5-question quizzes we had to take at the start of each class period? We studied the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism over those two years, and then we had our public questioning the week before we were confirmed. We were so nervous about that. We studied the questions and answers over and over again so we wouldn’t mess up in front of everyone. And then came Confirmation Sunday. We all dressed in our white robes with the red carnation corsage, stood in front of church and made our Confirmation vows with the entire church witnessing it. It was a marvelous day. But since then I haven’t seen much of some of you. In fact, there are a few of you I haven’t seen at all since we were confirmed. And that makes me wonder what definition you are using for the word confirmation. In the notorious words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…”