October 10th .  As they were waiting for the evangelisation meeting to start the women would gather outside for a bit of gossip.   “I shouldn’t say this, but……..”   “Why does Paulina always look so glamorous? Where does she get the money from if she just works as a clerk at the post office?”  Then they would go in and pray for goodness and justice and for their daily needs.

The Lord said to them, “you have spoken against me, saying evildoers not only prosper but when they put God to the test they escape.” Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another.  The Lord heard them and said, “They shall be mine. On the day when I act I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.  The day is coming when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble, the day shall burn them up.”   Malachi 3:13 – 4:2   Pope Francis: This is the source of the Church’s heroic and impatient struggle for renewal: the struggle to correct those flaws introduced by her members which her own self-examination, mirroring her exemplar, Christ, points out to her and condemns.”

October 11thCivilisations have come and gone and with them too economic systems that were built up and finally destroyed through corruption, greed and lack of concern for the common good. In our day the focus has moved beyond the human family to the earth our common home. The destruction of the environment, climate change and weather patterns have caused enormous devastation.  Can we say we have not been warned?  Who is to blame and what is to be a meaningful response?

Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants and cry to the Lord. For the day of the Lord is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness.  Joel 1:13 – 2:2. Pope Francis:  The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which becomes the only rule.   EG56

October 13th. 28th Sunday C. The missionaries were gathered after their retreat.  “There was a time when we built schools and hospitals and the families really appreciated what we did for them.” “That was even before we built churches,” Fr Joel added. “It was a way to reach out to their experienced needs.  Now the government has taken over all that.” “Is that why church attendance is down?” Br Cliff asked.

When Jesus saw the 10 lepers he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one f them, when he saw that he was healed turned back praising God with a loud voice.   Luke 17:11-15.  Pope Francis: We must recognise that if part of our baptised people lack a sense of belonging to the Church this is also due to certain structures and the occasionally unwelcoming atmosphere of some of our parishes and communities, or a bureaucratic way of dealing with problems.   EG 63

 October 16th. It is a known fact that abuse and neglect of the elderly is not uncommon.   Even in their own homes, or living with children and grandchildren or in institutions they are not as well cared for and protected as they should be. Not long ago a horrific case of elderly neglect happened which caused the death of more than 100 men and women. Those ultimately held responsible were members of government departments but we cannot only blame authorities. The question should always be asked if our families see their elderly as burdens.

 “Jesus said, “Woe to you lawyers also, for you load men with burdens hard to hear and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Luke 11: 42-46 Pope Francis:  At a time when we most need a missionary dynamism which will bring salt and light to the world, many lay people feel that they may be asked to undertake some apostolic work and they seem to avoid any responsibility that may take away from their free time. EG81  


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