REFLECTIONS. Extracts from Daily Thoughts January

Jan 14, 2020

January 17th.  Good Leadership Amos, an amateur political scientist, spoke up in the group, “Looking at the political situation in many countries today can be quite frightening.  What do people really want? What do their voting patterns show?    Do they want to be ruled by a president, king or chief who spends their money on wives and cars while people suffer?   Do they want a political party that seems to be out only to enrich themselves? Do the bigger environmental issues like climate change and pollution matter to them, or to us? ”

The elders of Israel gathered and came to Samuel and said to him. “Appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations.” This displeased Samuel. He said, “these will be the ways of the king.  He will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots, to plough and harvest his crops. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks.  He will take the best of your fields and give them to his servants. 1 Samuel 6.  

Pope Francis.  The problem is that we lack leadership capable of striking out on new paths and meeting the needs of the present with concern for all and without prejudice towards coming generations.  The establishment of a legal framework which can set out clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become indispensable. LS3

January 19th.  Sunday 2A.   Servant Leadership.  Margaret started the group discussion by saying, “I like the passages in Isaiah that speak of the servant, obviously a humble person but one chosen in a very particular way to do God’s work.  I wish that in our families that attitude existed.”  “In our church too,” Jock added.

“You are my servant Israel, in whom I will be glorified. I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:3, 5-6.

 Pope Francis: The ecological conversion for which we appeal will lead to a new way of looking at life, as we consider the generosity of the Creator who has given us the earth and called us to a share it in joy and moderation. This conversion must transform how we relate to our sisters and brothers, to other living beings, to creation in all its rich variety and to the Creator who is the origin and source of all life. World Day of Prayer for Peace 2020 9.

January 21stAudrey mentioned, “Isn’t it strange that when any of us decides to take a rest on a Sunday we feel guilty, or others might see us as lazy?  And yet it is also recognised that rest is essential for physical and mental wellbeing.  I wonder if and when the tradition of keeping Sunday as a day of rest really worked? I suppose that previously not having all the shops and entertainment places open every day of the week did have an impact. How can we try to make some time on Sundays to relax at least?  

It happened that one sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields and as they made their way his disciples began to puck heads of grain.  The Pharisees said they were doing what is not lawful on the sabbath. Jesus said to them, the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath, so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.   Mark 2 :23-28. 

Pope Francis.   After the Flood God decided to open a new path of salvation and gave humanity the chance of a new beginning.  This renewal entails respecting the rhythms inscribed in nature by the Creator as in the law of the Sabbath.  On the 7th day God rested from all his work. He commanded Israel to set aside the 7th day as a Sabbath day of rest. Every 7th year was a sabbatical year as a complete rest for the land.  The law of the Sabbath and of jubilee came about as an attempt to ensure balance and fairness in their relationships with others and with the land on which they lived and worked. LS71

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