World Marriage Day, Sunday 5C 10 February

The parish marriage and family team had been planning a special liturgical event for this special Marriage Day to focus on the value of good marriages.  But they had found the response not what they had hoped for.  “Couples don’t seem to be very interested.  Are we doing this the right way, or planning the wrong kind of event?” James asked so they gathered to pray about it. “Why don’t we open it up wider and make it ‘Marriage Moments, past, present and future.’  That way we can involve everyone.”  Suddenly the project took off in a big way.

Jesus said to Simon, “Put out in the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And they enclosed a great shoal of fish.  Luke 5:1-11.

Pope Francis:  As a social institution marriage protects and shapes a shared commitment to deeper growth in love and commitment to one another, for the good of society as a whole.   That is why marriage is more than a fleeting fashion; it is of enduring importance.  From 131.     

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