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Marriage Matters Reflections Year C

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Last Sunday in Ordinary Time: Christ the King (2 Sam 5:1-3;  Col 1:11-20;  Luke 23:35-43)

Let us radiate His life and light and goodness

‘Today you will be with me in paradise’ – Jesus’ words as He hung on the cross; even in His agony, He still chose only to love. Through Him, we are given the strength to bear anything joyfully; with the saints we ‘inherit the light’. Today, let us radiate His life, light and goodness, acknowledging Him as our Lord and King.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Malachi 3:19-20;  2 Thes 3:7-12;  Luke 21:5-19)

Go on quietly working at our marriage, stand before God together

In marriage, one partner can work hard at the relationship, the other take it for granted. When both work at it, marriage can be the most marvellous relationship possible. Today, take time to stand before God together and ‘the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays’. We all need this healing. Let’s reaffirm our vows today.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Macc 7: 1-2, 9-14;   2 Thess 2:16-3:5; Luke 20:27-38)

Rejoice, our reward is great in heaven

Today we are asked to believe in God’s untiring love. When we married we said ... ‘til death us do part’; this helps us live in sure and certain hope of eternal life as He promised. We seek to not be distracted by outside pressures, but to turn to each other in our difficulties and to listen with open hearts. 

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Thess 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10)

The call to praise and affirm each other

Jesus affirmed Zacchaeus by going to his house for a meal.  How often is our focus on what we want our spouse to do rather than on how can we bring him/her life and joy?  A daily reflection on where we need ask for forgiveness and on how we can affirm our spouse for something, brings us both new life.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for All Souls Day

All Souls (Isaiah 25:6-9;  Romans 5:5-11;  John 6:37-40)

Praying as a couple

This Feast Day reminds us to pray for the dead. It’s consoling to know when we die others will be praying for us.  As married people, our life can be testing. Prayer together as a couple can be encouraging and unifying. We could ask the Saints, in heaven and on earth, to pray for us as we pray for them.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for All Saints

All Saints (Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14;  1 John 3:1-3;  Matthew 5:1-12)

Do we recognise our sanctity?

Are we married couples among the blessed? St Paul called the members of those churches he visited, saints; he also compared the union of husband and wife with that of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33). Are we not ‘poor in spirit…gentle…those who mourn…those who hunger and thirst for what is right…merciful…pure in heart and peacemakers’ in our own relationship?

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Eccles 35:12-14,16-19; 2 Tim 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14)

Piercing the clouds with our humble prayers

‘The humble man’s prayers pierce the clouds.’ That is why Jesus said the prayers of the repentant tax collector won God’s favour, and why the judgmental attitudes of the Pharisees didn’t. There is a bit of the Pharisee in all of us; humility is knowing the truth about ourselves. Proud people deceive themselves; let us grow in humility together.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Exodus 17: 8-13; 2 Timothy 3: 14- 4: 2; Luke 18: 1-8)

Prayer is essential for a deeper loving

Today, Jesus encourages us to pray often and never lose heart. Praying together is a time for thanking God for His presence with us and for the blessing of our love for each other. We ask God to help us to forgive hurts, to share ourselves more deeply and to listen better. In darkness, pain or joy, He is there.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (2 Kings 5:14-17;  2 Timothy 2:8-13;   Luke 17:11-19)

Healing miracles in our marriage…He is there!

God knows we need healing! Daily He performs, through the Holy Spirit, large and small healing ‘miracles’. When we look carefully and sensitively at what happens in our marriages, we can detect God alive and active within us. As we learn to choose to co-operate with His grace and mercy, He becomes evident in our lives. Let’s always thank Him.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Hab 1: 2-3, 2: 2-4; 2 Tim 1: 6-8, 13-14; Luke 17: 5-10)

Guard our love

Today St. Paul reminds us “you have been entrusted to look after something precious, guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us”.  For us this means we are the guardians of each other! We live that out by always striving to be tender lovers, gentle and kindly friends, and courageous, loyal supporters of each other.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Amos 6:1, 4-7; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31)

Beware of complacency and compensating

Today we are warned about being complacent. Too often, we think everything is fine in our lives and then we realise we’ve drifted apart and feel isolated from our spouse; the atmosphere is strained; it is lonely in bed.  The danger is to compensate with activities outside our marriage instead of sitting down, holding hands and getting back together again.

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