And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”
It is easy to see the imagery in the book of Revelation originating in cloud cuckoo land. But the reality is that Revelation is thoroughly and complete rooted in what Catholic see going on around them at any ordinary mass in any sleepy little parish in the world. The mystical Marriage Feast of the Lamb is quite simply the Eucharist and the Eucharist is an anticipation–right here and now–of the mystical Marriage Feast of the Lamb at the Consummation of All Things. That is why Jesus said “The hour is coming and has now come”. The kingdom of heaven is already here, but we live in the “now and not yet”. When he comes again in glory the foretastes we have received in this life will blossom into the fullness of life and the Bride and Groom will at last live happily ever after in the eternal marriage supper of the Lamb.