Reflections. Extracts from Thoughts for the Day November 2019

November 20th.  At baptism the parents are reminded that they have the duty to pass on their faith to their children. Godparents stand at their side and often grandparents are the ones in families who take this responsibility too.  Many people have been martyred for their faith in the last century because of radical and fanatical adherents to other beliefs.   Pray for the repose of the souls of those martyrs and pray that we ourselves will have the courage to stand up for our beliefs.

In those days it happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king under torture with whips and cords to partake of unlawful swine’s flesh.  The mother was especially admirable. Though she saw her seven sons perish within a single day she bore it with good courage because of her hope in the Lord.   2 Mac 7:1, 20-31  Pope Francis: Families face problems in raising children.  In many cases, parents come home exhausted, not wanting to talk, and many families no longer even share a common meal.  Distractions abound, including an addiction to television.   This makes it all the more difficult for parents to hand on the faith to their children.  AL 50

November 22nd   Tracy shared,  “We have some Jewish children in our class at school and we asked them to share some of their celebrations, traditions and practices with us. Most of their feasts are to do with something in their history, e.g. Passover is to do with their escape from slavery in Egypt. I like Hannukah,  the Festival of Light which celebrates victory over foreign rulers in their land.  Imagine that the Jewish people have been celebrating this and their other feasts every year for more than 2000-3000 years, even before Christianity was born. It must be really important for them.”

In those days Judas and his brothers said “ behold our enemies are crushed, let us go up to cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it.” All the army assembled and they celebrated the dedication of the altar, decorated the temple and offered burnt offerings and sacrifices of deliverance and praise with music and great gladness.   The Judas and his brothers determined that every year at that season the dedication of the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days. 1 Mac 4. Pope Francis:   Popular piety enables us to see how the faith, once received, becomes embodied in a culture and is constantly passed on.  EG 123

November 24th  Christ the King C. Dolores told her friends, “We all come from different parts of the world with different ways of doing things, different governments and I think also a different understanding of kings and queens, princes and princesses etc. In Lebanon, my country we don’t have that but next door in Jordan people do love and respect their king and queen.  I wonder what that does to our understanding of God’s kingdom.”

Lord God and Father, you anointed your only Son, as eternal Priest and King of all creation so that by offering himself on the altar of the Cross as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace he might make all created things subject to his rule and present to the immensity of your majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace.    Preface of Christ King of the Universe.    Pope Francis:  The kingdom already present and growing in our midst, engages us at every level of our being.  It must be directed to all men and the whole man.  The Father desires the salvation of every man and woman and his saving plan consists in gathering up all things in Christs, things in heaven and on earth. Our mandate is to go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.   EG181.  

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