Marriage Matters Reflections Year C

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

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29)

Love is the fundamental requirement

Eastertide is a time for us as couples to celebrate the reality of our love as being a reflection of the presence of God, who is Love. It is a time for us to recognise more readily the risen Lord is alive in us, with us, and present in the many and various ways we try to share our love.

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

Fifth Sunday of Easter (Acts 14:21-27; Revelation 21:1-5; John 13:31-35)

Today is all we have

We as a couple are unique - a one off! No other couple is quite like us. We can share the load, lighten the burden, and double the joys!  Jesus said ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Just as I care for myself, I must care for you too in the same way. Let us celebrate our coupleness.

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

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Acts 13: 14, 43-52; Revelation 7: 9, 14-17; John 10: 27-30)

We are a light to the world

Most people, when they get married, think their married life is a private affair but Jesus calls us to be a light to the world as a couple.  Through our gentleness and tenderness, our readiness to forgive each other, people we meet can experience some qualities of God’s love for them. Living in this way is the vocation of marriage.

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

Third Sunday of Easter (Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19)

Things change, miracles happen

Today’s Scripture speaks into the heart of our marriage relationship. When Jesus comes into Peter’s life and work, just as He comes into ours, things change, ‘miracles’ happen: He invites, serves and asks profound questions: “do you love me?”. He challenges: “feed… look after…”. Peter found forgiveness and a commissioning; so can we when responding to His call: “follow me”.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales (Hebrews 11: 33-40; John 12: 24-26)

Have courage

Over time, the word ‘martyr’ has lost its original meaning, which is ‘to witness’, to stand up for what we believe in conscience.  In our matrimonial commitment to ‘die to self for the sake of the other’ we too bear witness to the beauty and holiness of our sacramental love for our family, our friends, our Church and the world.

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

Second Sunday of Easter (Acts 5:12-16; Revelation 1: 9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31)

            Taking time out for our relationship

On Easter Sunday night the risen Jesus greets the Apostles saying ‘Peace be with you’. How can we find peace in such a hectic world?  We are called to make time for our relationship with God, and make a diary entry for our personal relationship. Listening and dialogue build intimacy and peace – with each other and with God.

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

Easter Sunday (Acts 10:34, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9)

Easter garden

Giving each other new life

Today’s theme is new life. It reminds us of our promise to be a source of life to each other every day in tenderness, understanding, encouragement and praise, yet also by forgiving our spouse particularly when he/she is vulnerable and full of self-doubt.    Today is a good day to thank God for all the life we have received.

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

Palm Sunday (The Lord’s Passion) (Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14 – 23:56)

The Kingdom of God is a lifestyle choice

Today’s readings are deeply moving, calling us to what? Can we stand up for our marriages; make lifestyle choices, putting our marriage first? Joseph of Arimathea stood up for what he believed in, when others had run away. He lived in ‘hope of seeing the Kingdom of God’. This kingdom is among us; let us choose it today – for us.

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

Fifth Sunday of Lent (Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11)

 Let joy fill our hearts

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives! It is vital that we don’t carry past hurts with us, and are able to forgive and move on. We need to look at our faults and failings and seek forgiveness of each other first. This gives life and hope for our relationship. Let us strive for perfection – together.

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

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Joshua 5: 9-12; 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21; Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32)

The need for gratitude and trust

The Gospel illustrates the Father’s amazing forgiveness but the elder brother reacts angrily and is resentful and self-righteous. At times when we feel hurt and resentful and life seems unfair, and tensions rise, we can blame each other. Jesus’ message is to trust in our husband/wife, to look for their loving ways and to ask forgiveness for our own faults.

annunciationA Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for The Annunciation of the Lord

The Annunciation of the Lord (Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1: 26-38)

To ‘obey’ is to really listen

In the Gospel the angel said to Mary “Do not be afraid...you are to bear a son”.

Mary was bewildered, but she listened to God’s invitation and she said ‘yes’.  We too must learn to listen with our hearts, for then we will be open to giving and receiving when discussing difficult issues in our relationship, and finding our ‘yes’.