REFLECTIONS. Extracts from Daily Thoughts March

Mar 18, 2020

March 19.  St Joseph was a honourable man and Joe, himself an honourable young married man, shared his thoughts in his men’s group.  “Not being married to Mary when she was found to be pregnant by right he could have left her. She could even have been severely punished. I believe that the responsibility to love and mercy overrides rights but is that all the time or only some of the time? I don’t really know what to say when you see the abuse of rights and the lawlessness that does happen all around us.“

Her husband being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame resolved to send her away quietly. But as he considered this an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Matthew1:16 – 24. Pope Francis:  Overcoming a legalistic perspective in Sacred Scripture justice is conceived essentially as the faithful abandonment of oneself to God’s will. FM20    Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development.  LS 157. After reflecting consider an action response and end with prayer

March 21. SA Human Rights Day.   Abel had done research on the history of Human Rights Day in South Africa. It commemorates Sharpeville, a sad incident in our history when many innocent people were killed. This right to life is being abused more and more in so many ways often linked to political ideologies. In the bible account  Joseph, Jacob’s favourite son was also an innocent victim. He was abused by his brothers out of jealousy and they wanted to get rid of him. Fortunately he was rescued and taken to Egypt, a foreign country, made to fend for himself but made good.  How do we treat foreigners amongst us and do we respect their rights?

Genesis 37 tells the story of Joseph and his brothers. Matthew 21:33-45 tells a story of the vineyard owner’ son killed by tenants out of greed.  Pope Francis:  Not being able to have a home or land, experiencing discrimination on account of faith, race or social status, these are situations that attack the dignity of the person. Christian mercy responds with vigilance and solidarity.  MM 19.  Forced migration of families, resulting from situations of war, persecution, poverty and injustice and marked by the vicissitudes of a journey that often puts lives at risk, traumatizes people and destabilizes families. The persecution of Christians and ethnic and religious minorities in parts of the world, are a great trial for the Church and the entire international community. AL 46. After reflecting consider an action response and end with prayer

March 22. Sunday Lent 4A.  At first when they discovered that Yusuf was born blind Cornelia was worried. Had it been because of having measles when she was pregnant?  But she learned to live with the reality and the family rallied around until little Yusuf became quite independent. Later, when times were really hard in their family they decided to put him on the street to beg.  He agreed but found it degrading to be exploited like that. One day a car stopped and asked him about his condition and the driver, inspired by his own Lenten conversion, said he might be able to help. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Yusuf laughed after the operation, “to think my world could be changed from darkness to light. I didn’t even know that light could be so absolutely wonderful.”

Jesus answered, “it was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. I must do the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes when no one can work. I am in the world and the light of the world.” From John 9:1-41.  Pope Francis:  Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel  EG20

 March 23.    Manny had wanted to become a prison warder, but not because he had that nasty cruel streak that we tend to think of when we think of prison life.  Ever since he had a met a prison chaplain and heard his stories about life in prison he had a strange feeling of compassion and thought he could do a lot of good there. He didn’t want to share with his classmates as he was sure they would laugh at him. They already thought he was a bit odd. “Let those bad guys rot in jail” was mostly their attitude.                                                                                                                                                                      Jesus departed from Samaria to Galilee. He himself testified that a prophet has no honour in his own country. When he came to Galilee the Galileans welcomed him.  From John 43-54.  Pope Francis:     An evangelising community gets involved by word and deed.  It is willing to abase itself if necessary and embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others.   EG 24.  After reflecting consider an action response and end with prayer  

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