Marriage Matters Reflections Year A

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)

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

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) .

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

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) 

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

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) 

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?

 

 

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time  (Isaiah 58:7-10 1   Corinthians 2:1-5   Matthew 5:13-16)

Unity is the key

When we married, a new flame was lit in our Church, signified by the lighting of a new candle as we made our vows and became “Little Church” together.  Now, as we think of our life up to now, we can see how our love has been reflected on to our children, our family and our Church community.

 

 

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 8:23-9:3   1 Cor 1:10-13, 17   Matt 4:12-23)

God has a stake in our marriage

Today, we see two aspects of God’s plan for our marriage: ‘… (I will make) their joy increase’ (Isaiah) and ‘I will make you fishers of men’ (Matthew).  God wants us to make our love for each other as close to Jesus’ love for us as possible, that all whose lives we touch might experience how much God loves them.

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 49:3 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 John 1:29-34)

We need ‘power from on high’

Were Jesus’ fears eased when he heard the Father was ‘well pleased’? He was empowered by the Holy Spirit to begin his mission: to bring to the world the Good News of God’s compassion, mercy and forgiveness for our sins.  By daily dialogue about concerns and issues and by seeking ‘help from on high’, we can overcome our fears. 

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) .

The Baptism of the Lord (Isaiah 42:1–4, 6-7   Acts 10:34-38   Matthew 3:13-17)

You are my chosen one

Today, Isaiah and Matthew talk of Jesus being ‘the Chosen One’ and ‘the Beloved’.  So often, we are aware of the times when our partner annoys us. We need to develop a sensitivity so that, when we are tempted to be critical, we remember that this is my ‘chosen one’ and look for ways to affirm our partner, our ‘beloved’.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Epiphany of the Lord (Isaiah 60:1-6   Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6   Matthew 2:1-12)

Give every fibre of our being

The gift we can give to Jesus and to one another is ourselves. No matter how long we have been married, let us still enjoy unwrapping the gift of self. Just as, through the grace of God, the ‘wise men’ went another way, not the world’s way, so can we, by giving our whole selves, every fibre of our being.

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