Marriage Matters Reflections Year A

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ezek18: 25-28 Phil 2: 1-11 Matt 21: 28-32)

Maintain a common purpose

Remember our courting days and the long, thrilling conversations we had about our future together. They were part of our falling in love and of establishing a common purpose in married life.  St Paul reminds us of the mark of a Christian: “Be united in your convictions and your love, with a common purpose and a common mind.”

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 55:6-9   Phil 1:20-24, 27   Matt 20:1-16)

‘My thoughts are not your thoughts’

God can put thoughts into our minds, but how can we ensure these make a difference to our lives? St Paul says, “Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the Gospel of Christ”: for example, the need to measure what we contribute within the relationship. Our Sacrament isn’t a 50/50 arrangement but a 100%/100% unconditional commitment.

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A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Numbers 21:4-9  Philippians 2:6-11  John 3:13-17)

God acts in our lives and our relationships


The God of the Jews, and our God, is different from every other God – He has shown he is a God who ACTS. His greatest ACT of love, His death on the cross, He ACTS to make present in the Eucharist. God acts, and so can you! Act today by using words of affirmation, listening, serving, giving gifts that will be appreciated.

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Eccles 27:30-28:7  Rom 14:7-9  Matt 18: 21- 35)

The call to forgive

How can I love my spouse and bring life? We are called to set aside resentment, to listen gently to our beloved, seeking understanding.  In today’s gospel the servant who is forgiven refuses to forgive the man who owes him. God forgives us everything, but are we willing to let go of the hurts we have experienced via our spouse?

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ezek 33:7-9 Rom 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20)

To listen is to Love

Matthew reminds us of Jesus’ promise “...where two or more meet in my name I will be with them”.  In all the practical ways we look after each other, we are saying; ‘your concerns are my concerns’. Nothing is too small or insignificant in our marriage, and my beloved is beside me to call me back to our life together.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jer 20:7-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matt 16:21-27)

The ‘sign’ of growth is change

St Paul urges us to think of God’s mercy and change the way we behave so that the will of God is visible in us.  As husbands and wives we can help each other in this endeavour, so that a renewed and deeper love is revealed in our relationship and, in turn, reflected out to our family, friends and community.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 22:19-23 Rom 11:33-36 Matt 16:13-20)

The key to family life

Today’s Gospel places keys at the heart of the responsibility Jesus gives Peter.  In spite of his weaknesses and failings, because of his faith, he is entrusted with the ‘keys’ to the kingdom of God.  Our married love is entrusted with the ‘keys’ of our family life. We are the ‘rock’ upon which the future of our family will be built.

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A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Assumption (Apocalypse 11:19, 12:1-6, 10 1 Corinthians 15:20-26  Luke 1:39-56)

We are exalted

Today we celebrate that Jesus exalted his mother in special way.  As married couples we too can take heart from Mary. Although everything will be changed by the death of one of us, it is not the end!  Nothing of our love for each other will be lost, but, as the Lord promised, will be made glorious in heaven.

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 Kings 9:9, 11-13  Rom 9:1-5  Matt 14:22-33)

Walking on water....falling through fear

Peter got out of the boat but, with fear of sinking, he took his eyes off Jesus. Life today is like travelling in a small boat on the rough sea of secularism that mocks religion and seeks to end traditional marriage. Life’s storms can change into a gentler breeze when we get out of our boat and walk with Jesus.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isa 55:1-3   Rom 8:35, 37-39   Matt 14:13- 21)

It can be hard to have compassion sometimes

It’s hard to have compassion for my spouse when caught up in my own worries and stress. Jesus moved on from His own sadness to see the need of the crowds; He fed them. We witness to the Good News that nothing can come between us when we nourish each other in all ways - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Rom 8:28-30 Matt 13:44-52)

Discover what loving really means

Instead of praying for `treasure’, King Solomon prayed for wisdom ‘to discern good from evil’. When discerning what ‘loving’ really means, you find ‘hidden treasure’ in these weekly reflections on Scripture. They will also help you to discover the ‘hidden treasure’ in each other. Sharing this, you sow ‘seeds’ of love in the minds and hearts of others.

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