REFLECTIONS. EXTRACTS FROM DAILY THOUGHTS OCTOBER 2020

Oct 14, 2020

October 15Prophets. Deacon Peter shared with the families, “Mission month reminds us that everyone is called to be a prophet, “read the signs of the times” and to speak the truth that comes from God and is written on their hearts.   A Pharisee is someone who does not do the good they speak of. Sadly too, they can demand false religion from others they have power over. In that way they kill the Spirit of God given to us, people.  Do our churches and pastors lead by example,   speak the truth, or take an easier road to accommodate some people if they want to remain in their good books, letting them get away with corruption and immorality.  Do not expect people will like to hear the truth from you, when you speak it.  We are all God’s prophets: 2 Peter 2. People prefer false prophets.  Luke 11:47-54: Pope Francis: A spirituality which forgets God as all-powerful and Creator is not acceptable.  We end up worshipping earthly powers or usurp God’s place even to claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot.   LS75

October 16.  Mr Thomas was a criminal lawyer with a reputation for integrity.  One day he shared, “It is really difficult in a court case when one has to defend a person who you suspect is guilty. But he has the right of a defence.  Sometimes I would rather be a prosecutor, or maybe the judge who has to do his or her best to get at the truth and then give a fair judgement, even a merciful one.  Most of us want to cover up whatever we can, don’t we?  The Pharisees, scribes and lawyers of Jesus’ day were not so different from our time do you agree?  I wonder what their equivalent of PPE and the coronavirus was?”   Jesus began to speak, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy.  Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known.”  Luke 12:1. Pope Francis. Human beings are not completely autonomous.   Our freedom fades when it is handed over to the blind forces of the unconscious, of immediate needs, of self-interest and of violence.   LS105.

October 17. Jock reminded them that the Season of Creation continues indirectly as the reverence for creation is part of the mission of families. We know that St Francis was passionate in his love for God. He also loved every aspect of creation, animals, plants, insects and people who were vulnerable, poor and lepers.  I read in a story about St Francis that he walked with care over rocks in reverence for Jesus, being our rock.  When I see the heavens the work of your hands, the moon and the stars which you arranged, what is man that you should keep him in mind, the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him little lower than the angels, with glory and honour you crowned him, gave him power over the works of your hands, you put all things under his feet.”  Psalm 8. Pope Francis: Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know, by analogy, their maker. (Wis 13:5) LS 12

October 18. Sunday 29A.   Economic justice.  Fr Brian sent out his weekly reflection to the families, “The deadline for submitting our tax returns is coming up soon.  Have you submitted yours yet?  Do you do it the easy way by asking SARS to help and give them all the correct information or use a tax consultant to see how you can find ways to cut down on what you might owe the government?   Maybe it is to do with our attitude towards tax, towards what we owe the government and what we believe they owe us.   Economic justice is important. One of the tasks of families is to build up society so we have to challenge ourselves, teach our children and do what is lawful and just.  And because this is Mission Sunday there is an extra dimension too.  We may be totally within the law from a civil perspective but in terms of the law of love and concern for our neighbour what should we be doing in terms of giving to them  by way of giving to God. ”        Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar.    Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars and to God the things that are God’s.   From Matt 22:15-21.  Pope Francis.  In this year marked by the suffering and challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the missionary journey of the whole Church continues in light of the words found in the account of the calling of the prophet Isaiah: “Here am I, send me” (6:8). This is the ever new response to the Lord’s question: “Whom shall I send?” (ibid.). This invitation from God’s merciful heart challenges both the Church and humanity as a whole in the current world crisis. The call to mission, the invitation to step out of ourselves for love of God and neighbour presents itself as an opportunity for sharing, service and intercessory prayer. The mission that God entrusts to each one of us leads us from fear and introspection to a renewed realization that we find ourselves precisely when we give ourselves to others.   Message for World Mission Sunday 2020

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.October 20.  Margy was a social worker and opened a subject for everyone to consider. “It seems that master-servant relationships have been an issue in all countries and cultures for all time.  It has certainly changed much in South African families in the last few generations as everyone can see.  It was the norm for most white and more affluent families to have one or even two domestic servants. Poorer families mostly made do, with grandparents, aunts and older siblings playing a role in caring for younger children.  Jesus spoke about good or lazy servants, but also good and hard masters, some of whom punished their servants or slaves or rewarded them if they were particularly pleased.  In today’s world I think a different kind of attitude is growing. Do servants still want to be servants, respect their masters and be told what to do or reprimanded?”  Blessed are those servants whom the master finds ready when he comes. He will put on his apron and have them sit at table and he will come and serve them. Luke 12:35-38. Pope Francis:  It is clear from the first pages of the Bible that work is an essential part of human dignity. In Gen 2:15 man is a labourer who works the earth, harnesses the forces of nature and produces the bread of anxious toil in addition to cultivating his own gifts and talents. AL 23. 

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