REFLECTIONS.   Extracts  from March Thoughts for the Day

March 21. Human Rights Day.   Abel had done research on the history of Human Rights Day in South Africa.  It commemorates Sharpeville, a tragic incident in our history when in 1960 many innocent people who were demonstrating against injustice of the pass laws at the time were killed by the police.  Many were shot in the back as they were fleeing.   Justice does include upholding the law, but also combating unjust laws that infringe on human and family rights.   Everyone has to make a choice for justice.

“I the Lord search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”  Jer 17:5-10   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.  MM19

March 22. Election Fever.  Political parties were all out holding rallies and marches and drumming up support.  Mr and Mrs Dlamini were worried,  They could well remember the bad old days when brother would fight against brother because he supported a different party and there were deaths in the community that even involved family members.   “Let us hold a prayer campaign in our village here and pray for peace during this run-up to the elections using the special prayer the bishops gave us.”

The brothers said, “Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits.”   Judah said to his brothers, “what profit is it if we slay Joseph our brother and conceal his blood?   Come let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.”   From Gen 37:3-28

SACBC ELECTION PRAYER.   Let us pray for peaceful elections, that produce leaders who will always act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with their god. (Micah6:8)   Almighty Father, as we approach the elections grant us the wisdom and courage we need in order to make the right choices.   Help us to carry out our duties as responsible citizens with respect for the rights of others.   By voting in a spirit of humility and service may we bring hope to the poor, unity to all our people and a more secure and peaceful future for our children.   Father do not allow us to become discouraged, inspire us to contribute to the rebuilding of our country with vigour and generosity.  Amen

March 25. Annunciation. Right to Life.   Pearl shared her insights with the family on the feast of the Annunciation. “Mary a young girl, betrothed to be married had her life completely turned upside down by the invitation she received through the angel Gabriel to be mother of the Messiah.   She rightly questioned the angel, but her ‘yes’ to God was unconditional and from then on she devoted her life to her Son.   This was an unplanned pregnancy such as many young girls experience.   Do they also value this new person who once created should have the right to life and to love?

Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:26-38.   Pope Francis: So great is the value of a human life and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life which is an end in itself and can never be considered the property of another human being AL83.

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