Reflections and a Grandparent Blessing and Prayer

A GRANDPARENTS BLESSING AND PRAYER.

Lord, today we bring to you in prayer our grandparents.  They may be here with us now, or may already have died and are now at peace. As parents, they gave life and nurtured the life of our own parents. We thank you for them and for that gift. We thank you too for the memories they created and that they have shared with us.

They were born into a world different to ours. As times have changed they may have struggled to keep up and sometimes lost touch. Forgive us for the times we have been impatient with them. Help us to be generous with our love and care for them in their old age.

Bless with eternal rest those grandparents who have died. Bless those of us who are grandparents. And bless all grandparents with peace and contentment and an acceptance that their lives were well spent in your service. We ask St Joachim and St Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, to intercede for us as we offer this prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

July 10th. Granny and Grandad Acton loved music and had often shared with their grandchildren the musical story of Jacob his 12 sons and particularly the part about “Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat.” They had found it a good story to talk about a parent’s favouritism, giving the one boy that special coat which made the others jealous of their brother.  “Imagine that they talked amongst themselves about killing him. Do you think you would ever do such a thing?” Granny asked, “No, never!” they chorused, and deep inside she prayed earnestly for peace in their family and in all families.

The sons of Israel amongst many others came to Egypt to buy grain for famine was in the land of Canaan. The brothers came and bowed before Joseph, the governor, who recognised them but treated them like strangers. He tested them, imprisoned them and after three days said they must bring their youngest brother to him. The brothers felt guilty and saw that they deserved to be punished for what they had done to Joseph. Joseph saw this and wept. Read the story from Gen 41.    Pope Francis:  Listening to the elderly tell their stories is good for children and young people; it makes them feel connected to the living history of their families, their neighbourhoods and their country. AL193 

 July 12th.   Migration is nothing new but nowadays there is a great deal of movement of people across the world.  Millions migrate leaving their home region or country in search of a better life. Others flee and become refugees escaping from life-threatening situations. The diocese decided to establish a support programme for migrants and refugees in their area. They were pleased when some of the elderly who had themselves travelled from afar were willing to welcome newly arrived strangers. They were well aware that in times of war and conflict when relatives have disappeared there is great sadness in a family,  especially for the elders, and a need for closure before they feel they can die in peace.

Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father and he fell on his neck and wept for a good while.   Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.”  Pope Francis:  Forced migration of families, resulting from situations of war, persecution, poverty and injustice and marked by dangers on a journey traumatises people and destabilizes families. AL 46

July 14th. Sunday 15C.  Fr Oliver looked around the Church at the congregation, aware that they were mostly women and many quite elderly.  He addressed them all. “How many of you have had a chance to rescue someone who has been hijacked?  Or should I ask how many of you are Good Samaritans in your own life situation, looking after grandchildren who are orphaned, maybe by HIV/AIDS or other young ones left by mothers and fathers too?  We can be good Samaritans in so many places and in so many ways.  Thank you for what you are doing, even sharing your pensions as  well as your time.”

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and he fell among robbers who stripped him and beat him and departed leaving him half dead.  A priest, a Levite and lastly a Samaritan came to where he was.   Read the whole story in Luke 10:25-37.  . Who was neighbour to the man who fell among robbers?    Pope Francis: Jesus affirms that mercy is not only an action of the Father, it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who his true children are.  We care called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. FM9

July 16th .   Papa Moseu gathered his extended family together for what he called an important “indaba.”  We were evicted from the land where we used to live and now we are again being threatened but in a different way.  Some of my children have died too young, the daughters have moved into other families and the younger generation is choosing not even to marry but just to have babies that are left here for us old people to bring up. Our African value of ubuntu doesn’t seem to be working for everyone. How can our family really survive in that way?   We need to make a plan.

The woman bore a son and when she saw that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. Then she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds at the rivers’ brink.    Read. Exodus 2:1-15.   Pope Francis:  Situations that concern us are challenges.  We should not be trapped into wasting our energy in doleful laments, but rather seek new forms of missionary creativity.  In every situation the Church is conscious of the need to offer a word of truth and hope.  AL 57

 

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