REFLECTIONS. extracts from Daily Thoughts July 2020 Grandparents: Family Roots .

Jul 7, 2020

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July 9.   It was nice in the group to have a few men, some of them grandfathers. Andrew was in an unusual position. His wife and daughter had been killed in a car accident years ago.  “I chose to become father and mother to my little grandson who survived.  There were some aunts but I had considered I was still young enough to care for the little boy. I think he regarded me as his dad. We used to go to church together and he helped me with St Vincent de Paul work.  On the whole things went very well between us but I don’t know what went wrong last year after his confirmation. He seemed less and less interested and after a while I stopped nagging him to come to church.  It wasn’t just that either. I don’t know what he has got into, but I keep asking myself, what has happened to his faith?”

When Israel was a child, I loved him and out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them the more they went away. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms but they did not know that I healed them.    My heart recoils within me, my compassion grows warm and tender.  I will not execute my fierce anger.  From Hosea 11:1-9.  Pope Francis. One symptom of the great poverty of contemporary culture is loneliness, arising from the absence of God in a person’s life and the fragility of relationships.   AL 43

July 11. Sheila was already 83 and had been caring for Morris, her husband, now 94 for more than 5 years since he had become bed-ridden. They had been married for more than 60 years and of course there had been good and not so good times.  At this stage in their lives she was finding it increasingly difficult to cope but there was no money for expert care. “Where are the children and grandchildren now,” she thought to herself, “and I even ask myself, do none of us value my old Morris as God does?”

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.  Even the hairs of your head are numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matt 10: 29-30.  Pope Francis: those (young ones) who would break ties with the past will surely find it difficult to build stable relationships and to realise that reality is bigger than they are.  AL 192

July 12. Sunday 15A.  Fr Joseph sometimes contributed a reflection to their facebook group. He shared how he had grown up on a farm in a rural area and he loved the parable of the sower. “One year, it may have been our confirmation year, we boys actually did what the parable said, we threw some seed along the road, some next to the road on rocky ground, some amongst the thorns and some in the ploughed field where it was meant to grow.  For months we used to go and check what was happening.  It was quite sad to see how some of the little plants just shrivelled and died and we couldn’t even give them any water, because that would have been spoiling the story. You see in this story the only plants that were given any help were the ones in the field, that got irrigated.” Read Matthew 13:1-23

 Jesus told the parable, ” A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed some seeds fell along the path. Some on rocky ground,  some amongst thorns, some in good soil  Pope Francis.   The gospel of the family also nourishes seeds that are still waiting to grow and serves as the basis for caring for those plants that are wilting and must not be neglected.  AL 76

July 13. Joseph Jackson was the social conscience of the facebook  group.  Admittedly he was a bit younger than some who found it easier to do the praying, but they realised that at times there was more they could do even though as older   people they were supposed to stay home and stay safe. Joseph led them into a letter-writing campaign, writing to newspapers, radio programmes even to the government whenever they came across something unjust. “Nothing political, friends” he told them, but on cases of family violence and climate change and environmental issues even saving electricity they could share their views. Laurel was the twitter tweeter and others started enjoying using social media for a good cause. Joseph was happy that they were become more “socially conscious.”

Ride for Climate JusticeWash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widows.  Is 1: 15-17.   Pope Francis:   We cannot overlook the social degeneration brought about by sin, as when human being tyrannise nature, selfishly and even brutally ravaging it. This leads to desertification.  AL26

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