Marriage Matters Reflections Year A

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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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 55:6-9   Phil 1:20-24, 27   Matt 20:1-16)

‘My thoughts are not your thoughts’

God can put thoughts into our minds, but how can we ensure these make a difference to our lives? St Paul says, “Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the Gospel of Christ”: for example, the need to measure what we contribute within the relationship. Our Sacrament isn’t a 50/50 arrangement but a 100%/100% unconditional commitment.

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A Reflection from Marriage Matters

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Numbers 21:4-9  Philippians 2:6-11  John 3:13-17)

God acts in our lives and our relationships


The God of the Jews, and our God, is different from every other God – He has shown he is a God who ACTS. His greatest ACT of love, His death on the cross, He ACTS to make present in the Eucharist. God acts, and so can you! Act today by using words of affirmation, listening, serving, giving gifts that will be appreciated.

 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Eccles 27:30-28:7  Rom 14:7-9  Matt 18: 21- 35)

The call to forgive

How can I love my spouse and bring life? We are called to set aside resentment, to listen gently to our beloved, seeking understanding.  In today’s gospel the servant who is forgiven refuses to forgive the man who owes him. God forgives us everything, but are we willing to let go of the hurts we have experienced via our spouse?

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 Reflection from Marriage Matters

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ezek 33:7-9 Rom 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20)

To listen is to Love

Matthew reminds us of Jesus’ promise “...where two or more meet in my name I will be with them”.  In all the practical ways we look after each other, we are saying; ‘your concerns are my concerns’. Nothing is too small or insignificant in our marriage, and my beloved is beside me to call me back to our life together.

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