Reflections. Extracts from Daily Thoughts March 2020. Theme “Family Rights”

Mar 11, 2020

REFLECTIONS. 2020 THEME “OUR WORLD, A FAMILY OF FAMILIES.” 

March 13.  In a parent talk during Lent an important issue was raised.  Family life nowadays is complicated, taking many forms.  There are 2nd marriages with children from different parents or maybe a grandmother caring for a number of children.  Parents may show favouritism and children get jealous.  Sometimes kids just don’t get on. It should be up to the adults to recognise injustices, be fair and merciful themselves and show the kids too how to behave.

Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than his other children. His brothers saw this and hated him and conspired to kill him. Genesis 17:3-28.   Pope Francis: Good habits need to be developed. If over a period of time a child has not been trained by his elders to say, “Please,””thank you” and “I’m sorry “  a  good interior disposition will not easily come to the fore.  AL 266. After reflecting consider an action response and end with prayer 

March 14.   After listening to the parable of the Prodigal Son Jane’s mom raised some points to consider. “Is it really about a prodigal son or a forgiving father?” “Actually there are many lessons. There is a wasteful son who demanded his inheritance and the forgiving father who couldn’t wait to welcome his son back.  The older brother also had rights to be respected. There is no mention here of women or of the family as a unit made up of different people, each having individual and also family rights.”  She added, “It seems to me that most of the biblical stories are about men.”  Jackson replied, “But there are women, like at the well, and the sinner who wiped his feet with her hair !“

“Father I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” See Luke 15:1-32 for the whole parable.  Pope Francis:  It is important to insist on the rights of the family and not only those of individuals. The family is a good which society cannot do without. AL44.  In the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life.LS 213. After reflecting consider an action response and end with prayer 

March 15.   Sunday Lent 3A.   Having been active in the liberation struggle in South Africa Fr Sylvester was very conscious of discrimination. So he began by asking, “Should Jesus have spoken to the Samaritan woman? Today that might seem OK, but in Jesus’ day Jews did not speak to Samaritans, or men to women in public and certainly not women with a bad reputation. Jesus rejects norms and treats the woman with respect. Is it just to judge others who are different?  Let’s face it there is discrimination in parishes and families with regard to sexual orientation of men and women, whether they choose to form a same sex union or not. How can we handle that in a life-giving way?

The woman said to him, “Give me this water that I may not thirst.  Just then the disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, “Why are you talking with her?” John 4:5-42. Pope Francis: The acceptance of our bodies as Gods gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home.  Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning is an essential element of any genuine human ecology.   Valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognise myself in an encounter with someone who is different. LS 155. After reflecting consider an action response and end with prayer

March 16.  Marissa had been a climate activist ever since she started teaching climatology and biology.  However she did not find a great response from most of her students. They didn’t seem to be really interested in aspects of nature.  Alan was one who did take an interest and he even built his own weather stations, wind and rain gauges around the garden.

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth: “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. There were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” Luke 4:24-30.  Pope Francis:   Our goal is to become painfully aware to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it. LS19 Some forms of pollution are part of people’s daily experience.   Exposure to atmospheric pollutants produces a broad spectrum of health hazards especially for the poor and causes millions of premature deaths.  LS20.

After reflecting consider an action response and end with prayer

 

 

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