"As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you."
(Is 62:5)

The marriage of Israel with God reached a turning point when God the Father chose Mary, the Virgin of Israel, to bear his eternal Son in his human nature. She sums up in her being the longing of Israel for the Messiah who came to open the way into God's heavenly kingdom. A kingdom which begins in this world as his Church that would find its completion in heaven. "I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue." (Rv 7:9) "I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them (as their God)." (Rv 21:2-4)

Marriage in this world is God's way of generating countless human beings capable of sharing in his eternal love and happiness. Parents participate in God's creative action by bringing children into this world with the responsibility to engender in their souls the life of faith in Christ. "In the joys of their love and family life he gives them [parents] here on earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb." (Cath of Cath. Church, #1642)

(Fra Angelico, Christ Glorified in Court of heaven)

Now to the question which is on every married couple mind. Will I meet my spouse in heaven and will I be able to love him or her? The Pharisees wanted to know which husband, a woman married seven times, she would have in heaven. Christ answered, "At the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like the angels in heaven." (Mt 22:30)

What does this mean? "The first thing that comes to mind here is that there will be no further reproduction of the human race. In respect of propagation then, there will be no need for marriage. 'The second thing that comes to mind is the loss of physical and spiritual intimacy. But how can there be a loss when heaven, as the state of ultimate and eternal perfection, must be the place of perfect loving community? Intimacy is not lost but extended to every relationship that a person has or will have. Indeed the purity of heaven, we believe, will make a profound intimacy, which is way beyond the bounds of marriage intimacy, possible."(J. Bryson Arthur, A Theology of Marriage, Uzima Press, Nairobi, 1998, p. 99) This has to be the case because should one of the spouses wind up in hell, would the one in heaven be unhappy? Impossible! Or, if both are in heaven how would they experience their non-exclusive love? "One of the wonders of heaven is that we will have an increased capacity for love. Couples will be many times more in love with each other than they ever were on earth. In comparison, their earthly love will seem as tame as a ‘romance’ between five-year-olds. And yet the astounding thing is that everyone else in heaven will thrill this former couple as utterly as they thrill each other. Everyone will be so head-over-heels in love with everyone else as to render unthinkable an exclusive relationship such as marriage." (Grantley Morris)

"The nuptial covenant between God and his people Israel
had prepared the way for the new and everlasting covenant
in which the Son of God,
by becoming incarnate and giving his life,
has united to himself in a certain way all mankind saved by him,
thus preparing for
"the wedding-feast of the Lamb."

(Catechsim of the Catholic Church, #1612)