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July 16.  Evelina had looked at the gospel for the day before she wrote asking a question, “What makes you most tired?   Is it the grandchildren, or the children and their hassles?” Norah replied, “No, not really.   For me just being old makes me tired.  My bones ache, my eyes run, I’m shaky on my feet, and I’m considered normal.  I see many older people in frail care situations, quite honestly just waiting to die. That does make me quite sad.  I like to share where I can how much a relationship with Jesus can give one peace, sharing our pains, physical and mental does ‘give me rest.’”

Jesus declared, “Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  From Matt 11:28-30.   Pope Francis:  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator, of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.   LS 73

July 17.   The members of the facebook sharing group did not all have the same approach to sickness and healing.  That   was clear when they shared on the very relevant topic of infection with the Covid-10 virus. Everyone prayed privately and had even started to pray in their families.  Virtual prayer services were organised in some parishes and even by traditional pilgrim sites.  Anthony was sceptical about praying for


healing. James and Joan had gone on a pilgrimage when she had cancer some years ago and believed her healing was the result of prayer. Many of the group could relate to the prayer of St Paul for strengthening of their faith. “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”

In those days Hezekiah became sick.   He turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember now, O Lord I beseech you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart and have done what is good in your sight.” Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears, behold I will add fifteen years to your life. “ From Is: 38:1-5. Pope Francis:  By taking refuge in Christ’s wounds may you know the healing balm of the Father’s mercy and find the strength to bring it to others, to anoint every hurt and every painful memory. In this way, you will be faithful witnesses of the reconciliation and peace that God wants to reign in every human heart and in every community. Homily Myanmar Nov 2017   

July 18.  The group were reflecting on true evil. Audrey wrote, “Sometimes you have a child who seems to really want to do bad things. It might start small like hurting animals, pulling wings of insects and tying a pet up and hanging it from a tree. Then they hurt other kids, bully them and so it goes. I think that those youth in gangs that terrorise our neighbourhoods must have started as little kids.” Zita added,  “I agree and later are they not the rapists and murderers? We hear too often about children and women being murdered in such brutal ways.  They should be punished of course, but let us also pray especially for those who are inclined to do evil.”

Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil upon their bed.  When the morning dawns they perform it because it is in the power of their hand. Micah 2:1-5.  Pope Francis: May the message of mercy reach everyone and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances them from God.  READ – REFLECT- SHARE – PRAY- ACT.

July 19. Sunday 16A.  God’s patience and our impatience.  This time in his homily Fr Joseph commented, “So many farming stories.  That was the traditional way that many families lived long ago, growing their own food, bartering for what they needed and with each one having their own task to do. Were they the “good old days”, or the “bad old days” in your opinion?   Then sometimes there was an enemy, maybe a jealous neighbour who would sabotage the crop. In this parable Jesus is telling us not to hoe and weed but let the weeds grow up together with the wheat. He is referring to life in the world, where good and evil live side by side and it is almost impossible to weed out the evil.  Does that mean we have to give up on fighting corruption or that in the end God’s justice will triumph and all will be resolved?   What do you think?”

Jesus put another parable before the crowd.  “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.  Read Matthew 13: 24- 43.  Pope Francis. Patience takes root when I recognise that other people also have a right to live in this world, just as they are.  It does not matter if they hold me back, unsettle my plans or annoy me by the way they act or think or if they are not everything I want them to be.  Love accompanied by compassion leads to acceptance.  AL 92 


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