by Sister Margaret Mary Halbach
The first reading for this Mass is from the Book of Genesis and is a beautiful reflection for a married couple or those thinking of marriage. Many couples use it for their wedding liturgy, in fact. It tells of the importance of man and woman complementing each other with their talents, gifts and values. God said, "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him."
How does a couple decide who is the suitable partner? When couples go to their parish to make arrangements for their wedding, the priest or deacon will spend time discussing their compatibility concerning the issues of religion, faithfulness, children, family values, finances, etc.
After these honest discussions, they can come to the point of saying to each other with God's help, "I will love you all the days of my life." This takes daily commitment to each other. It is hard work for sure but with God's help and much honesty on the part of the couple, they can work together to make this union happen and keep it happening each day.
Let us pray for married couples today and always that they can love each other all the days of their lives. The key is keeping God as a part of this union.
"May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives." -- responsorial psalm 128
Pope Benedict XVI has announced a "Year of Faith" beginning Oct. 11, 2012, and concluding Nov. 24, 2013. Oct. 11 marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict asks all Catholics to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism to deepen their knowledge and practice of the faith.
For the next 59 weeks, we will offer along with the Weekly Reflection a summary and application to life for each chapter of the catechism. Join us in embracing the Pope's call to rediscover and renew our relationship with Christ and his Church.
Yes, It is good to pray for married couples and those approaching marriage. They need God's grace. Thanks, Margaret Mary!
Thank you, for the thoughtful reflection.
Who really knew 56 years ago! Blessings and joys and sorrows meld together with character and friendship with one another and the gift of faith. Thank you for the prayers..miss you !!!