Take a look at your June calendar. Many of you probably have a wedding marked on it. As a pastor, I typically meet some couple at the altar on a Saturday in June, which, for reasons I've never stopped to investigate, is considered the wedding month.
Last June, I traveled to Northern Ireland to participate in my niece's wedding. The Irish, I learned, are every bit as good as we are at celebrating these blessed occasions. But all our contemporary celebrations pale in comparison to the three-day festivals of Middle Eastern culture that were common at the time of Jesus.
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