Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

What God had united, man must not divide.

The readings this week invite us to reflect on Jesus’ teaching on marriage and family life. When the Pharisees asked Jesus about his view on marriage he reminded them that Moses had made it a commandment that a man had to issue a writ of dismissal to divorce his wife. That writ would have been expensive and difficult to get. It provided the woman with some protection, an improvement over the previous system where a man could simply send his wife away. But Jesus goes further, reminding us that the love of husband and wife reflects God’s love for us. Hence marriage becomes a sacrament, strengthening the couple to love as God loves: forever, faithfully, for our well-being and creative.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

The Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ So from the soil the Lord God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to man to seen what he would call them. (Genesis 2:18)

  • Do you know what loneliness is like, and why it is not good?
  • What does the world and its creatures tell you about God?
  • Who is your helpmate?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his concern for you.

 

Monday.

But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of the ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed: “This at last is bone from my bones, flesh from my flesh!” (Genesis 2:20-23)

  • Have you found someone who makes you whole?
  • Do you feel created by God in your flesh and bones?
  • Reflect on the experience of falling in love.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his creativity.

 

Tuesday.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive around your table. Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord. (Psalm 127: 3-4)

  • Reflect on your experience of family life.
  • What have you to thank God for in that experience?
  • What have you to say sorry for in that experience?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about your family.

 

Wednesday.

As it was his purpose to bring a great many of his sons into glory, it was appropriate that God, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, should make perfect, through suffering, the leader who would take them to their salvation. (Hebrews 2:10)

  • Reflect that God’s purpose is to save.
  • Reflect on the sufferings of the Lord and his perfection.
  • Reflect on being a brother/sister of the Lord.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about your existence.

 

Thursday.

“From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide. (Mark 10:6-9)

  • Does your married life reflect the oneness that God intended?
  • Who have been good examples of married love to you?
  • Pray for those separated from their spouse.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about your experience of marriage.

 

Friday

People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.’ (Mark 10:13-14)

  • Reflect on Jesus becoming indignant.
  • Reflect on the Kingdom of God.
  • Bring you own beloved children to the Lord for him to bless.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about the children in your life.

 

Saturday

‘I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing. (Mark 9:42)

  • How do children react to being shown love?
  • What can they teach us about welcoming the Kingdom of God?
  • Imagine Jesus blessing the children who are special in your life.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his blessing.
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