Marriage Matters Reflections Year A

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Presentation of the Lord (Malachi 3:1-4   Hebrews 2:14-18   Luke 2:22-40)

Avoiding issues to ‘keep the peace’?

When Mary and Joseph went to the Temple, Simeon blessed them, saying their child would be rejected. When we take our child for baptism, we are given a candle, a reminder ‘to keep the flame of faith alive’. This can be difficult, but let us not avoid the issues ‘to keep the peace’, but grow in listening and trust together.

 

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Second Sunday of Christmas (Eccles 24:1-2.8-12 Ephesians 1:3-6,15-18 John 1:1-18)

He chose us to be holy and spotless

He chose us to be holy and spotless and to live through love in his presence”. Holy and spotless’....with all the messiness of our lives...clothes, toys, all over the floor, washing up in the sink? Yes. ‘Holy!’...‘through loving’. So, whether cleaning up the mess or working to earn money, you are doing loving things. You are ‘holier’ than you think!

ourlady Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Mary, Mother of God    (Numbers 6:22-27   Galatians 4:4-7   Luke 2:16-21)

               A new title

On our wedding day we received a new and special title of ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’. These titles announce to our family and friends our unique and special place in God’s plan for us, His Church, and the world. In celebrating this Feast Day let us remember who we are and, like Mary, ‘treasure and ponder it in our hearts’.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Holy Family (Ecclesiastes 3:2-6, 12-14   Col 3:12-21   Matthew 2:13-15, 17-23)

Be kind and gentle when we are making decisions

The readings today challenge us to listen sensitively to each other; to be prepared to let go of our own desires and to be deeply aware of each other’s thoughts and feelings as we make decisions together. For this we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to the gifts of compassion and understanding, courage and hopefulness.

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A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Christmas Day (Midnight Mass) (Isaiah 9:1-7  Titus 2:11-14  Luke 2:1-14)

Excitement and joy

Mary knew the excitement and joy of this special day; Joseph too. He and Mary were ‘together’ beginning a new journey, and no doubt believed all was going to be well. We, too, like Mary and Joseph, need to be open to the joy and excitements of new beginnings ‘together’, especially when they involve experiences that are totally new

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 A REFLECTION FROM MARRIAGE MATTERS

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Fourth Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 7:10-14   Romans 1:1-7   Matthew 1:18-25)

Taking courage from love

The Gospel relates how Joseph overcame his serious doubts about Mary ‒ and married her! She too had faced her own fears about the future ‒ and said “Yes!”  We too can have doubts and lack confidence in the future, but like Mary and Joseph we can take courage from our love for each other and God’s love for us too.

 A REFLECTION FROM MARRIAGE MATTERS

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Third Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 35:1-6, 10  James 5:7-10  Matthew 11:2-11)

Cherish the gift


John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ coming.

When Jesus came, the Magi brought gifts.  We are preparing gifts for family and friends.

When you married, and every day since, you have gifted yourself...entrusted yourselves ...to each other; do you still cherish the gift? How much has trust helped you on your journey together? Thank the Lord!

 A REFLECTION FROM MARRIAGE MATTERS

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Second Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 11:1-10      Romans 15:4-9    Matthew 3:1-12)

Advent – a new beginning for us?

Today, Isaiah talks about trust and Matthew focuses on forgiveness.  Advent is the opportunity to discover new ways to help our partner to trust us and to share themselves.

  Our prayer can be that we drop our defences, become more vulnerable and have the courage to open ourselves to be able to really listen, to share and to change.

 A REFLECTION FROM MARRIAGE MATTERS

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First Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 2:1-5   Romans 13:11-14:   Matthew 24:37-44)

Walk in the light of the Lord

God’s Word is clear – we can only be certain of each current moment in our day-to-day lives. To live as couples in the ‘present moment’ more often, we need to apply ourselves to today’s call from Jesus to “stay awake”. Also St Paul tells us, “the time has come: you must wake up now”, because now is all we have.