THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
June 12th – 18th 2016
The Forgiving Christ
The Pharisee said to himself: “If this man were a prophet he would know who this woman is that is touching him and what a bad name she has”. Once more we have a beautiful example of how Jesus treats women with gentleness and care. This time, however, we also see how he treats someone who is considered a sinner. All he has for her is compassion and understanding and forgiveness. This was a source of scandal for the people around him. How do we treat one another when someone fails? Very often it is with criticism or anger or condemnation. That is not the way of Jesus. We are called to practice the same qualities of love with one another as Jesus has for the woman in this story. We need to practice gentleness and understanding in the close relationships of marriage and family life. This can be difficult at times. And we need the same qualities within our faith community if we are to be true followers of Christ.
Morning Prayer, when together
Almighty God, our hope and our strength,
without you we can do nothing.
Help us to follow Christ ever more fully
and to live our marriage according to your will.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
Lord God, you give us food for body and spirit.
Continue to renew our love for one another
and bring us health of mind and body.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Lord, may our sacrament of marriage
accomplish in your Church
the unity and peace it signifies.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: What do you need to ask forgiveness for from your wife/husband? Look for that this week.
For others: Is there anyone in your life you need to forgive? Work on that this week.