Marriage Matters Reflections Year A

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Last Sunday of the Year - Christ the King (Ezek 34:11-12; 15-17 1 Cor 15:20-26; 28 Matt 25:31-46)

Called to be symbols of the way Jesus loves

Jesus says that those who respond to others are in effect responding to him. Our call as married couples is to be a symbol of Jesus’ love for us. In each small way that we show our love: doing little jobs, spending quality time together, listening, forgiving and making up, we are responding to that call and nourishing one other.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Prov 31, 10-13, 19-20, 30-31 1 Thess 5:1-6 Matt 25:14-30)

Our love must be nourished

The parable of the talents could be compared to our marriage and the consequences if we, like the lazy servant, do not work at our relationship. Avoiding conflict can mean that the opportunity for forgiveness and growth is allowed to pass by.  Let’s not allow our love for each other to simply slip away, but work to keep our life flourishing.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Immaculate Conception (Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12  Luke 1:26-38)

Chosen

God chose Mary to be the mother of His Son.  Her life was changed completely!  When we married, our lives were changed completely. We were no longer a single man and woman but a husband and wife, a couple! Two new titles and a new mission: to love and cherish each other for the rest of our lives.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Wis 6:12-16  1 Thess 4:13-18  Matt 2:1-13)

Always be ready

Jesus said we must always be ready for His second coming, ready to meet Him. Being ‘ready’ doesn’t mean spending all the time doing religious things. For married couples, being ‘ready’ means being ready to listen to each other, sharing thoughts and feelings. Keep your ‘love tank’ full by thinking of ways he or she can be surprised by love.

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A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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All Souls (Isaiah 25:6-9 Romans 5:5-11 John 11:17-27)

Let us remember

Today’s celebration of our dead is a reminder of our own inevitable mortality. Our human relationship into which we have invested so much of our lives will, one day, end.  Let us look forward to living the rest of our married life to the full, remembering the words of Scripture: “The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek...”

A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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

We too may go through tough times

Today’s Gospel tells us that it is not only when we are strong that we live out God’s plan for our marriage.  Sometimes, when we are weak, our Sacramental way of life is mainly using our energy to minister to each other.   A lot of joy can be found when we walk down a difficult road together.

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Exodus 22:20-26  1 Thess 1:5-10  Matt 22:34-40)

How can I best love you today?

In today’s gospel Jesus says love should be at the centre of our lives, so we must ask ‘How can I best love my partner today?’   To know how our partner experiences our love best, we need to explore together whether it is through compliments, special time together, presents or acts of service, or simple hugging and kissing.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isa 45:1, 4-6   Thess 1: 1-5   Matt 22:15-21)

We all need each other

The Pharisees tried to trap Jesus: He told them to give to Caesar what belongs to him, “and to God what belongs to God”. The world tells us to look after ourselves and not to need others. As married couples, we know that we are made by God for one another, not needy but needing to give of ourselves entirely.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 25:6-10 Phil 4:12-14 Matt 22:1-4)

Add another stitch

God our Father invites us all to His great wedding feast in heaven!  In living out our married life, we have been making our wedding garments!  It is woven, sewn and stitched with all the little acts of loving kindness, long forgotten, the courtesies in every little action we show toward each other, our children, family and friends.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 5:1-7  Phil 4:6-9  Matt 21:33-43)

Loving and honouring each other and the Lord

When you married you took each other for better, for worse. God experienced the ‘worse’ when his ‘bride’, the Jewish people, rejected him by worshipping other gods. The ‘worse’ for you may be when your spouse mocks your beliefs. Have you shared your hurt, let them know your pain? Remember, though, that God has loved the ‘worst’ in you.

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ezek18: 25-28 Phil 2: 1-11 Matt 21: 28-32)

Maintain a common purpose

Remember our courting days and the long, thrilling conversations we had about our future together. They were part of our falling in love and of establishing a common purpose in married life.  St Paul reminds us of the mark of a Christian: “Be united in your convictions and your love, with a common purpose and a common mind.”

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