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Understanding or categorising: Reflection for Marriages: Mark 6:1-6

From the Gospel according to Mark
MK 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

The word of the Lord

Understanding or categorising.

We can either genuinely understand Jesus or hold biased opinions about Him. Our inclination to control often leads us to quickly assign labels when interacting with others. Have you never experienced initially disliking someone only to discover that, upon truly knowing them, they become one of your closest friends?

This same dynamic exists with Jesus. We either carry preconceptions or genuinely comprehend who He is. Lord, I desire to continue deepening my understanding of You, exploring Your true essence because comprehending You fully is beyond reach. Additionally, Lord, I request a deeper understanding of my spouse, acknowledging and overcoming my biases to love them as You do.

Reflection for Marriage life:

Montse: Last night, I dreamt about you, Vicent
Vicent: Something beautiful, I presume, Montse?
Montse: In my dream, you were Fred Astaire, and I was Ginger Rogers. I admired you spellbound as we tap-danced together. Upon waking, I wondered, why don’t I always look at Vicente with that same admiration? I observed you sleeping with your mouth open and all disheveled. Despite it not being your most ideal image, the Lord granted me the ability to cherish you and remind myself: He’s the incredible husband God has given me! In gratitude, I thanked God for you.
Vicent: Well, if I had known, I would have dressed in a tuxedo and bowtie before bed. Come here, my love: (He pulls her out of bed, and they dance together in pajamas around the room while Vicente sings)
Vicent: Heaven, I’m in heaven. And my heart.


Let us rid our hearts of prejudices, allowing the Lord to perform miracles in our marriage. Praise be to God.

Remnants of grievances: Reflection for Marriages: Mark 5:21-43

From the Gospel according to Mark
Mk 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him
and a large crowd followed him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to him,
“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, Who touched me?”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

The word of the Lord

Remnants of grievances

Throughout a marriage’s journey, there may be lingering issues, akin to traces of unresolved offenses that burden the union of spouses, much like the woman with the long-standing issue of blood. What to do? Seek the intervention of the Most Holy Sacrament, let His hands be laid upon, and hear His comforting words, “I speak to you, my child, arise.”

Applied to Married life:
Charles: I’ve resisted your suggestions for quite some time, but I observe in you a tranquility and joy that elude me. I envy those who hold faith, but I find myself unable.
Alpa (Charles wife): Neither you nor anyone else can provide faith, but if you desire, God can grant it.
Charles: I do want it, but how?
Alpa: Join me in experiencing faith. Come, witness it.
Charles: Where?
Alpa: I’ll introduce you to a group of married couples with faith. Soak in their experiences. Seek their testimonies. Then, I invite you to share in daily prayers with me. You will gradually build a personal connection with the One who embodies the Truth. Over time, you’ll witness miracles in your life, unexplainable changes that will increasingly convince you. Just act as if you believe.
(And after a few months, the miraculous transformation occurred. Charles embraced faith because he chose to believe. God found a dwelling within him, bringing peace and joy into his life.)

Jesus desires a personal connection with me, with me! He sought to encounter the woman with the issue of blood for that vital personal touch she needed for her conversion. It is the proximity to Him that heals and rescues us. Praise be to the Lord who instills faith in us.

Choose a husband over a mobile device. Reflection for marriages. Mark 5:1-20

From the Gospel according to Mark
Mk 5:1-20

Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,
to the territory of the Gerasenes.
When he got out of the boat,
at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.
The man had been dwelling among the tombs,
and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain.
In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains,
but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed,
and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides
he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones.
Catching sight of Jesus from a distance,
he ran up and prostrated himself before him,
crying out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”
(He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”)
He asked him, “What is your name?”
He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.”
And he pleaded earnestly with him
not to drive them away from that territory.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside.
And they pleaded with him,
“Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.”
And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine.
The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,
where they were drowned.
The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town
and throughout the countryside.
And people came out to see what had happened.
As they approached Jesus,
they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion,
sitting there clothed and in his right mind.
And they were seized with fear.
Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened
to the possessed man and to the swine.
Then they began to beg him to leave their district.
As he was getting into the boat,
the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.
But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
“Go home to your family and announce to them
all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.”
Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis
what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

The word of the Lord.

Choose a husband over a mobile device.

Evil diminishes human dignity, but the Lord offers liberation, requiring us to let go of worldly attachments such as pleasures, luxuries, and prideful successes. Some struggle to part with their “treasures,” resisting the Lord’s call. Those who respond positively may be directed to exclusive devotion to Him or to prioritize family and marital responsibilities before spreading the Gospel. Such obedience ensures God’s protection against the grip of evil.

Applied to married life:
Sofía expresses frustration to Ángel about her inability to manage the time she spends on mobile chats. Despite her desire to change, she feels helpless in the situation. Ángel acknowledges Sofía’s ambitious nature, noting her significant improvement in prioritizing the Lord and their relationship. Sofía appreciates Ángel’s comforting presence during moments of despair.

Later, Ángel discovers Sofía with her wrists tied to the bed, explaining it’s a deliberate choice to resist reaching for her phone, aiming for greater fidelity to the Lord. Ángel playfully suggests tying herself to him for more frequent hugs, to which Sofía jokingly accuses him of being a bit self-interested but agrees to the amusing exchange of the phone for a husband.

In a prayer, the writer emphasizes the crucial role of the Lord in keeping negativity away and hopes for His continuous presence in their marriage. Praise be to the Lord.

Give me patience. Reflection for marriages. Mark 1:21b-28.


he taught them as one having authority.
Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Mark 1:21b-28.

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee

The word of the Lord.

Give me patience.

We are not called to fight against external enemies, but against those within, because the evil that sometimes torments me is in my heart. The Lord has the authority to silence it and to drive it out from within me.

But what are God’s times? God’s time is not measured in hours, but in the heartbeats of the loving Heart of Jesus. His time is the time of His love. Perhaps I have to wait longer than I would like, but it is out of love. He knows when.

Applied to married life:

Fátima: Rafa, sometimes I get a little impatient with you, you know? Because you are so…, let’s call it “calm”, that I have to always wait for you…

Rafa: I’m sorry, Fátima, I was listening to the news and I didn’t hear you. What were you saying? I still haven’t managed to do two things at once. You know?

Fátima: It’s okay, never mind. It wasn’t important.

(Later, while preparing dinner)

Fátima: Rafa, what are you doing standing in front of the microwave?

Rafa: Nothing, I put yesterday’s stew to heat up.

Fátima: And are you going to stand there staring at the microwave for the remaining 20 minutes?

Rafa: Well, because it spins…, it distracts me…

Fátima: You know what I thought? I’ll put a kneeling stool in front of the microwave and a Sacred Heart on top. That way at least, you can take the opportunity to pray for a while.

Rafa: Haha. Okay. And I will put a little Virgin Mary shrine over each switch so you don’t leave the lights on.

Fátima: Haha, in the end, you’re going to make me laugh. Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength…!

Rafa: Haha

(That day, in prayer, Fátima discovered that the Lord had placed Rafa precisely to help her become more patient)


We experience the authority of the Lord in our lives. Praised be forever

What I can do and what He can do. Reflection for marriages. Mark 4:35-41


“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 4:35-41

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Word of the Lord.

What I can do and what He can do.

When we are sent on a mission from the Lord, most of us do not feel worthy or capable. But then, I take the risk of seizing the action that God has done through me.
That’s why the Lord, from time to time, pretends to be asleep, even to the point where everything seems to be falling apart, to put us in the truth that all good comes from Him, and we cannot seize His work. So I become aware of what I can do and what He can do. This is humility.

Applied to Married Life:

Rocio: (Chatting while having dinner) Oh Paco. I’m feeling anxious… I start thinking and I keep remembering everything we have to do. I struggle to sleep at night.
Paco: Don’t worry Rocío. God cannot ask us for something He does not give us the grace to fulfill.
Rocío: Yes, like St. Augustine said: Lord, give me what you ask of me and ask me for what you want. But Paco, what are you doing sticking your nose in the glass of water? You’re making a mess of everything!
Paco: I was trying to show you that it’s impossible to drown in a glass of water. Haha. So, there’s no need to even attempt it.
Rocío: Well then show me how you’re going to mop up all the water you spilled, come on, champ. Haha. But well… Thanks because your silliness will help me not to forget it. Our problems are very small compared to God’s power.
Paco: That’s my Rocío! The greatest.


The King of the universe and you, the Queen, walk with us. That’s all we need. Thank you, Lord, thank you, Mother.