Mercy Gospel Reflection: Sep 18


Gospel Reflections for Married Couples

18 September  – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the one “who can be trusted in little things, can be trusted in great” and “if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own.”

Sometimes, when things are tough we can forget that our spouse is a gift from God.

If I consider my spouse as a gift from God, how should this affect the way in which I love them.

Have you taken this gift for granted?

How could you better give your spouse the care and respect that a gift from God deserves?

A Reflection by Karen and Derek Boylen

Bulletin Clip Version 



About the Author:

Derek is a marriage counsellor and Director of Catholic Marriage and Fertility Services for the Archdiocese of Perth. Karen is a Speech Pathologist and home-schooling Mum. Together they have seven children, two dogs, one cat and a budgie. They like curry and red wine.


  1. Harri Read September 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Karen and Derek. Thanks for the post.
    Just wondering how a family gets on with ‘trust’ with clergy and religious when the leaders of those groups are responsible for hiding their members who have abused your children.
    When the Confessional was used as the grooming venue and the abuse led to severe mental illness in the children.
    It also affected the wellbeing of all family members both close and extended.
    It also led to a loss of trust in these groups.
    How can these pedophiles and their benefactors be granted mercy while the suffering still exists in those affected?
    Keen to hear on this.

    • Francine & Byron Pirola
      Francine & Byron Pirola November 1, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Harri, This is something we all struggle with. Our sense of betrayal and outrage is a natural response. It’s important though to remember that every abuser is also wounded. While the harm they caused is inexcusable, we can never know the depths of their own pain which must be immense. For example, many priests of the 50s and 60s were removed from their families at the ages of 11 to 14 to enter pre-seminary schools. Many of them were exposed to bullying and abuse there and, coupled with the trauma of being isolated from their families, their vocation decided for them, is it any wonder that most of the clergy abuse victims were 11-14 year old boys from the 70s and 80s? The conditions that gave rise to the clergy sexual abuse situation is complex and while many in the Church contributed to it, let us rejoice that God’s love and mercy is for all of us.

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