NARRATOR 1.  SHOW LOVE IN YOUR FAMILY.    “Jesus we honour you.” Response: “Thank you Lord Jesus for all you have done for us.”  As a child do I repay my mother and father or those who care for me with love and obedience or with cheekiness and grumbling?  As a parent do I give my children the love and care they deserve or am I too busy with my own affairs?  As a husband or wife do I show real love and appreciation to my partner? Do we allow each other to be a real part of each other’s lives, do we talk and spend time together as a family?

NARRATOR 2.  Imagine how Jesus and Mary must have felt meeting on this journey.  There was nothing Mary could do now to help the son she had cared for all these years except to let him know that she was there because she loved him.  And there was nothing Jesus could do to comfort his mother.

LEADER:  PRAY AND SING.    God, you care for us as a Father, and on the cross before he died, Jesus gave us Mary to be our mother.  Help us as families to learn from you and from Mary and Jesus how to love and care for those in our families. Pope Francis:   Mercy is the attitude of God in contact with human misery. The term recalls a mother’s way to react in confronting the pain of her children. That is how God loves us.   2013


NARRATOR 1. HELP OTHERS TO CARRY THEIR CROSSES.  “Jesus we honour you.” Response “Thank you Lord Jesus for all you have done for us.”Do I ever stop to help strangers, maybe someone who is lost or is asking for food?  Would I help someone if my friends were watching, or would I be too ashamed if they saw me?  Do I only help when I  am forced to?

NARRATOR 2.  Simon didn’t want to help Jesus at first.  The soldiers realized that Jesus was too weak to go on, so they just picked someone who happened to be passing by.  Jesus was a total stranger and after his beating he looked a mess.  Simon must have been ashamed to be seen with a criminal.

LEADER:  PRAY AND SING. Jesus, you have said that whenever I help someone in need I help you.  Show me yourself in other people, especially the old, the poor and the sick.  Pope Francis: Everything in life begins with an encounter. The gaze of Jesus transformed those he encountered.

APRIL 7.   SUNDAY LENT 5C.   After he read the gospel Fr Oliver waited for a few moments and then stood up to preach. “Adultery, adultery, another of these sexual abuse stories, but one that we don’t hear much about these days do we?  It’s clerical abuse of children mostly in the news, but how many children are abused in their own homes. Men, women, blessers and teens, young boys and girls, priests, nuns, pastors, seminarians.  It is not all gender-based violence as some is consensual.  But where are our moral standards in this important area of life. Who is guilty or not guilty?  If a woman is caught in adultery, where is the man?  What is the way forward for our sex-saturated society?   Jesus challenged the leaders to come forward and cast the first stone at the woman.  No one did. Were they all guilty

 Then he said to the woman, “I don’t condemn you either, Go and sin no more.” Was that God’s mercy? Is that his message to each of us?    “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”  John 8:1-11

Pope Francis:    Jesus looked that woman in the eye and read in her heart a desire to be understood, forgiven and set free. The misery of sin was clothed with the mercy of love. To those who wished to judge and condemn her his response was to let God’s voice be heard in the conscience of the accusers. One by one they left. MM 1  

(THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY for April follow one of the MARFAM Stations of the Cross for each weekday to reflect, relate  and share on life.  Sunday THOUGHTS  follow the scripture readings. )

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