September 13. Sunday 24A. Fr Joseph reminded the congregation in his facebook message, that there are lots of opinions about reconciliation and forgiveness. Why should one or shouldn’t one? “What are the most famous family feuds in history, or should we also say clan or tribal feuds? Isn’t that how wars have been started? In Biblical times King David’s family were constantly at war with each other. When I was at school we only learned “white” history so I am still studying up on the history of my own people. I do know that family feuds happened here too and still do. Our famous King Shaka was assassinated by some of his half-brothers. At any level making peace is very difficult, but it is important to learn about forgiveness and making peace at home. If there is constant war and fighting at home how can family members learn about reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. Is that not the real answer to gender-based violence. This is all part of one process and we are expected to go further than what is required.”
Peter came up and said to Jesus, “Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times but seventy times seven.” From Matthew 18: 21- 35.
Pope Francis. When people become self-centred and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality. A genuine sense of the common good also disappears. Yet all is not lost. Human beings while capable of the worst are also capable of rising above themselves. AL 205