REFLECTIONS. Extracts from January Daily Thoughts

Jan 7, 2020

MARFAM’S  Family Year planner each year has a special theme for the year and a monthly focus on an aspect of family life.  With the 2020 theme OUR WORLD, A FAMILY OF FAMILIES we consider the human family as well as the whole family of creation.   Click here for the list of themes

January 11th . Audrey said, “we learned about sin in the adult formation course but I am not all that clear about sin that is deadly.”   George helped out, “we don’t talk about sin as mortal or venial these days, but I’ve always liked the definition that says, sin is a breakdown in relationships, with God or someone or something.  Murder, adultery and abortion are still serious sins. We need to repent and be sorry for any wrongdoing. the Sacrament of Reconciliation is for Catholics an important resource.” “I find it interesting that John writes that we can ask God to forgive others.”  Nomsa added.

This is the confidence which we have in the Son of God that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.  If any one sees his brother committing what is not a deadly sin he will ask and God will give him life for those whose sin is not deadly.  There is sin which is deadly; I do not say that one is to pray for that.   All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not deadly.   1John   

Pope Francis: The creation accounts contain profound teaching about human existence and its historical reality.  They suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships, with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself.  These have been broken, both outwardly and within us.  This rupture is sin.   LS 66    Today sin is manifest in all its destructive power in wars, various forms of violence and abuse, the abandonment of the most vulnerable and attacks on nature.   LS 66

January 12th.   Baptism of the Lord.  Zodwa wanted to know, “Did Jesus really need to be baptised?  Surely he was already a child of God, God’s son.  Was he formalising baptism, something that he wanted us to be part of and do the same? The social activities these days when a child is baptised don’t seem very spiritual to me.  Sometimes not even one of the godparents is a Catholic which is the absolute minimum.  What kind of example can they be?  I’d like to look up the godparents in our family some time soon.

Jesus saw the dove and heard the voice saying,  “this is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. Matt. 3. 

Pope Francis: Christ’s work penetrates the depths of our being and transforms us radically making us adopted children of God and sharers in the divine natures. It thus modifies all our relationships, our place in this world and in the universe and opens them to God’s own life of communion.   LF42

January 13th .   Monday 1st week in ordinary time II.   When their new baby was baptised Yolanda and Aubrey explained the meaning and tasks of baptism to the older children.  “Gone are the days when some people were called and chosen for ministry and the rest of us were just ordinary members of the church, doing only what we were told.  Pope Francis now likes to tell us, challenge us even, that our baptism gives us a job to do. In our own way and place, as teachers, lawyers, housewives, gardeners, unemployed youth and schoolchildren too, we should go out and proclaim God’s love. His love is for every human being and also for every created being. “So then, I think that the way we love our baby sister has something to do with God’s love too,”  Amy said.

Jesus saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the sea.   And he said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Pope Francis.  God wills the interdependence of creatures.  The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow, the spectacle of their countless diversities and inequalities tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other. LS 86


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