Marriage Matters Reflections Year A

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 Kings 9:9, 11-13  Rom 9:1-5  Matt 14:22-33)

Walking on water....falling through fear

Peter got out of the boat but, with fear of sinking, he took his eyes off Jesus. Life today is like travelling in a small boat on the rough sea of secularism that mocks religion and seeks to end traditional marriage. Life’s storms can change into a gentler breeze when we get out of our boat and walk with Jesus.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isa 55:1-3   Rom 8:35, 37-39   Matt 14:13- 21)

It can be hard to have compassion sometimes

It’s hard to have compassion for my spouse when caught up in my own worries and stress. Jesus moved on from His own sadness to see the need of the crowds; He fed them. We witness to the Good News that nothing can come between us when we nourish each other in all ways - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Rom 8:28-30 Matt 13:44-52)

Discover what loving really means

Instead of praying for `treasure’, King Solomon prayed for wisdom ‘to discern good from evil’. When discerning what ‘loving’ really means, you find ‘hidden treasure’ in these weekly reflections on Scripture. They will also help you to discover the ‘hidden treasure’ in each other. Sharing this, you sow ‘seeds’ of love in the minds and hearts of others.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   (Wis 12:13, 16-19 Rom 8:26-27 Matt 13:24-43)

Attentive listening

The Gospel today raises questions about our ability ‘to listen’. We easily hear criticism in a comment, or a question which often puts us at odds with each other. But if we listen with our hearts, in the way Jesus commanded us to do, we are enabled, in all our relationships, to follow His command “...listen, anyone who has ears”.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 55:10-11  Rom 8:18-23  Matthew 13:1-23)

Listen to the person behind the words

The stony ground is when we are too engrossed in the telly, reading or working on the computer to listen to our partner.  The thorny ground is where we disengage with such but not wanting real involvement, suggest a cuppa as a diversion.  We are called to be fertile ground by real listening – hold hands, look in each other’s eyes.

 

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Zech 9:9-10 Rom 8:9, 11-13 Matthew 11:25-30)

‘Yoked’ to Him we are not overburdened

A ‘yoke’ keeps oxen together when carrying a heavy load or ploughing a field. On the day you married you chose to be ‘yoked’ together ‘till death us do part’. The burdens of life can lower your spirits and create a barrier to intimacy in your relationship. Jesus says: “Stay ‘yoked’ to me and I will help you, however heavy the load.”

 

A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Saints Peter and Paul (Acts 12:1-11   2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18   Matthew 16:13-19)

The power of love

Peter, the denier, and Paul, the persecutor, both familiar with failure, were overwhelmed by the power of love and gave up their own lives. Let us rejoice in our calling to love as Jesus did, to lay down our lives for each other, willingly and gladly. Our lives might be the only Bible that some people will ever read.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Birth of John the Baptist (Isaiah 49:1-6  Acts 13:22-26  Luke 1:57-66, 80)

What will this child turn out to be?

People said: ‘what will this child turn out to be?’ when Zechariah named his son John. You have asked the same question. You give birth to your children, house, feed, educate, advise and pray for them, then watch them make their own decisions and mistakes, but keep praying for them. What help have you received at significant times through others?

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jeremiah 20:10-13   Rom 5:12-15   Matt 10:26-33)

Fear conceals itself…

How easy to become paranoid, to wonder what others might be saying about us. These aspects can be present outside our relationship and within it; at their core is fear! Jesus continuously exhorts the Twelve, “do not be afraid…every hair on your head has been counted”. Living our life now in Christ, we will not fear what others think.

 

A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus (Deuteronomy 7:6-11   1 John 4:7-16   Matthew 11:25-30)

Anyone who lives in love, lives in God

God speaks today of us being “people consecrated to the Lord…chosen”, because of His love for us. St John calls us married couples to take this message to heart and endeavour to live it. Many of you reading this, like us, probably chose this reading for the day you vowed to love one another “until death us do part”.

A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Corpus Christi (Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58)

Feed your love

Without food we die! Our wedding promise was to nourish each other so that we bring life to our marriage.  We feed each other in all the little countless ways, but particularly in our tender lovemaking, our talking and listening, support and encouragement, particularly in times of doubt and uncertainty.  In these ways our marriage will grow and shine.

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