Vol: 45, No.53 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) October 07 2018  
 
LITURGY AND LIFE
The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on family the “Amoris Laetitia” deals elaborately with marriage and family. Relevant passages from the exhortation that deals with the liturgical theme of today are presented here.
The Pope writes, “It is important that marriage be seen as a matter of love, that only those who freely choose and love one another may marry. When love is merely physical attraction or a vague affection spouses become particularly vulnerable once this affection wanes or physical attraction diminishes. Given this frequency with which this happens, it is all the more essential that couples be helped during the first years of their married life to enrich and deepen their conscious and free decision to have, hold and love one another for life.”
“Another great challenge of marriage preparation is to help couples realize that marriage is not something that happens once for all. Their union is real and irrevocable, confirmed and consecrated by the sacrament of matrimony. Yet in joining their lives, the spouses assume an active and creative role in a lifelong project. Their gaze now has to be directed to the future that, with the help of God’s grace, they are daily called to build. For this very reason, neither spouse can expect the other be perfect. Each must set aside all illusions and accept the other as he or she actually is: an unfinished product, need to grow, a work in progress. A persistently critical attitude towards one’s partner is sign that marriage was not entered into as a project to be worked on together, with patience, understanding, tolerance and generosity. Slowly but surely, love will then give way to constant questioning and criticism, dwelling on each other’s good and bad points, issuing ultimatums and engaging in competition and self-justification. The couple then proves
 
incapable of helping one another to build a mature union. This fact needs to be realistically presented to newly married couples from the outset, so that they can grasp that the wedding is just the beginning.”
“That still water becomes stagnant and good for nothing is an old saying. If, in the first years of marriage, a couple’s experience of love grows stagnant, it loses the very excitement that should be its propelling force. Young love needs to keep dancing towards the future with immense hope.”
“Among the causes of broken marriages are unduly high expectations about conjugal life. Once it becomes apparent that the reality is more limited and challenging than one imagined, the solution is not to think quickly and irresponsibly about separation, but to come to the sober realization that married life is a process of growth, in which each spouse is God’s means of helping the other to mature. Change, improvement, the flowering of the good qualities present in each person—all these are possible. Each marriage is a kind of “salvation history”, which from fragile beginnings grows over time into something precious and enduring. When we read in the Bible about the creation of man and woman, we see God first forming Adam; he realizes that something essential is lacking and so he forms Eve and then hears the man exclaim in amazement, “Yes, this one is just right for me!” We can almost hear the amazing dialogue that must have taken place when the man and the woman first encountered one another. In the life of married couples, even at difficult moments, one person can always surprise the other, and new doors can open for their relationship, as if they were meeting for the first time.”
– Pope Francis,
Amoris Laetitia
October 2018 Readings (27th Week in Ordinary Time)) Psalter Week 3
08 Mon (G) Gal 1:6-12/ Ps 111:1-2, 7-10/ Lk 10:25-37
09 Tue (G) St Denis, Gal 1:13-24/ Ps 139:1-3, 13-15/ Lk 10:38-42
10 Wed (G) Gal 2:1-2, 7-14/ Ps 117:1-2/ Lk 11:1-4
11 Thu (G) Gal 3:1-5/ Lk 1:69-75/ Lk 11:5-13
12 Fri (G) Gal 3:7-14/ Ps 111:1-6/ Lk 11:15-26
13 Sat (G) Gal 3:22-29/ Ps 105:2-7/ Lk 11:27-28
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