REFLECTIONS. Extracts from THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY October 2019

October 23rd..  Onesmo had chosen to be a house-husband, as they knew that Rosemarie had the greater potential for a good job.  “I shall ‘husband’ our resources carefully at home” he said. “I think that I will also be able to make time to do some community work with the young men. I think that having a male mentor will be good for them too.”

If the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming he would have been awake.  Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required, and of him in whom men commit much, they will demand more.  Luke 12:39-48.   Pope Francis:    As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and attacking the structural causes of inequality no solution will be found for the world’s problems. Inequality is the root of social ills.   EG 202

2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

October 26thThroughout our lives when something bad happens to us we tend to consider it to be a punishment. “What have I done wrong?” granny Joseph asked herself when she was saying her night-prayers. “I find it so hard to accept that Muslims can also be good people and not always out to cheat us when we do business with them. My brother was badly caught when he visited Turkey last month.”

Jesus said, “Do you think that those eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, No, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-9.   Pope Francis:  Evangelisation involves the path of dialogue.  Three areas stand out where the Church needs to be present in order to promote full human development and to pursue the common good: dialogue with states, with society and cultures and dialogue with other believers.  The church speaks from the light which faith offers.  EG238.

October 27th. 30th Sunday C. Fr Oliver often thought of the members of his congregation.  “That one family in particular always wants special recognition for their work in the parish and I must agree they do a lot. And then there is that disabled woman who never makes a fuss but comes and tidies up the church after the weekend Masses.  She will even crawl under the benches sometimes to pick up rubbish and that must be quite hard for her.  I sometimes want to tell her not to worry, but that might upset her. I know it is her way of doing something for God.

Two men went into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.   Luke  18:9-14. Pope Francis:  How many wars take place within the people of God and our different communities?  Spiritual worldliness leads some Christians to war with other Christians who stand in the way of their quest for power, prestige, pleasure and economic security. Some belong to this or that group which thinks itself different or special. EG98.

October 29th. “This Extraordinary Mission month has been good for me,” Roy shared, “and I think we needed this kind of impetus.  We have the bible, our daily readings, our rosary groups all the time but a living experience like this, sharing our lives has brought the gospel to life more for me.” “I’m happy too that my husband who is Methodist could see the value and joined us in our faith sharing.”

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 Jesus said,  “What is the kingdom of God like?   It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden and it grew and became a tree and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.  Luke 13:18-21.    Pope Francis:   The Gospel is the leaven which causes the dough to rise and the city on the hill whose light illumines all peoples.   It will always remain good news until it has been proclaimed to all people, until it has brought all men and women together at table in God’s kingdom.  EG 237




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