This text is used every year to begin the Easter Vigil.
It is an elaborate nighttime feast celebrating powerful change and new spiritual life for those who are initiated into the Church.
The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.
So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
There are 9 options from the Old Testament for the first reading at a Nuptial Mass.
They offer differing details, and each contains unique riches.
When the two come together, especially in the sacredness of marriage, their connection is so life-giving, that all other relationships are secondary – even the link to parents who initially provided life.
This passage is a biblical meditation on the more contemporary phrase that one’s spouse is “my soul mate.” A reading from the Book of Genesis -51, 58-67 The servant of Abraham said to Laban: “I bowed down in worship to the Lord, blessing the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son.
If, therefore, you have in mind to show true loyalty to my master, let me know; but if not, let me know that, too.
I can then proceed accordingly.” Laban and his household said in reply: “This thing comes from the Lord; we can say nothing to you either for or against it.