Marriage Matters Reflections Year A

Good Friday Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Palm Sunday (Isaiah 50:4-7   Philippians 2:6-11   Matthew 26:14-27, 66)

            Challenged when we witness how others love

St Paul recognises the amazing humility of Jesus who accepts death on the cross out of love for God and us. We wonder and are challenged by the joy of a friend who daily visits his wife who has dementia; in his great love he feeds her, puts her to bed each evening, prays with her. Could we love like this?

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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.Fifth Sunday of Lent (Ezekiel 37:12-14  Romans 8:8-11  John 11:1-45)

The Lord will lead us back together

Ezekiel’s words apply to us when we are going through tough times in our relationship, when intimacy, physical or otherwise, seems impossible. At such times, Jesus weeps for us as He did for Lazarus. He will bring us back together if we ask Him and are willing to be vulnerable enough to explore together the changes we need to make.

annunciationA Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Annunciation of the Lord (Isaiah 7:1-14  Hebrews 10:4-10  Luke 1:26-38)

Life is full of surprises


When Mary and Joseph were engaged, did they have hopes and dreams for their future life together? But how difficult to make sense of GOD’s plan for their future:  pregnant, but not married; baby born in a stable far from home.  Yet, they trusted God. In what times or situations did you believe God was with you as a couple? 

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Fourth Sunday of Lent (1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13  Eph 5:8-14 John 9:1, 6-9,13-17, 34-38)

Stop and see, be aware


God was aware of David’s adultery with Bethsheba, Uriah’s wife, and how he arranged Uriah’s murder to cover his sin. Amid political and business ‘cover ups’ in today’s world, it’s important to ‘stop and see’ ‒ the beauty of nature, the beauty and goodness of your spouse. Don’t be too busy to recall the joys you have brought to each other.  

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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St Joseph (2 Sam 7:4-5, 12-14, 16  Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22  Matt 1:16, 18-21, 24 (or Luke 2:41-51)

I will be with you always

Today we hear of hurt – Joseph’s (Matthew) and Mary’s (Luke).  Whenever we are hurt, it is important to recall that Jesus said ‘I will be with you always’.  For example, in times of difficulty, when we are struggling to make decisions, but see things differently, He is there, giving us the strength and courage to listen lovingly to each other.

 

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Third Sunday of Lent (Exodus 17:3-7   Romans 5:1-2, 5-8   John 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42)

Find our ‘living water’

Jesus’ message to the woman at the well reminds us of His first miracle at Cana where He changed water into wine. Today, He promises us “living water where we will never be thirsty again…a spring inside…welling up to eternal life”. When His grace is poured into us, into our marriages, it can overflow, strengthening us, reaching out to others

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Second Sunday of Lent   (Genesis 12:1-4a   2 Timothy 1:8-10   Matthew 17:1-9)

Transformed by our love

Sometimes life is hard and we can get lost in the daily grind of making ends meet, of getting things done.  Then, suddenly, a change occurs through a simple show of affection: a kiss, a touch, a loving glance from my beloved! In little gestures like these, we reveal again our love for each other and our relationship is transformed!

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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First Sunday of Lent (Genesis 2:7-9; 3: 1-7    Romans 5:12-19    Matthew 4:1-11)

Avoid independence

Today, both Eve and Jesus are tempted to become independent, to turn away from the love of God. In marriage, we can think we have a right to fulfil our own desires without considering our partner, but we need to share these deepest hopes and dreams, and be prepared to hear the impact on our loved one and our relationship.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Ash Wednesday (Joel 2:12-18  2 Corinthians 5:20-6.2  Matthew 6:1-6,16-18)

Turn anew to each other


Our loving, compassionate, merciful and forgiving Father is always saying ‘come back to me’, ‘repent and be reconciled to me and to each other’.  In our marriage, issues or hurts can result in ‘losing’ each other. It’s time to ‘come back’ to each other, be compassionate and forgiving....and back to our loving Father in the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Lev 19:1-2, 17-18    1 Cor 3:16-23   Matt 5:38-48)

Finding the joy in our sacramental relationship

The joy of courting couples is obvious for all to see. Over the years, excitement can lessen, our independent attitudes strengthen; competition and jealousy creep in. Today Jesus calls us to “…turn the other cheek...”.  In confidence share, in trust listen, in faith forgive, so that our spouse will grow in self-worth and the sparkle of joy will reignite.

 

 

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ecclesiasticus 15:15-20 1 Cor 2:6-10 Matthew 5:17-37)

Making the right choices

Choices! How difficult sometimes to make the right choices. What to eat today, how to save money, what clothes to wear, what we or our children need. For Christians, prayer and a set of Christian values influence the choices we make. Why not ask the Lord’s help to decide what issue is uppermost for us today and dialogue about it?