NOVEMBER THEME – LIFE AND DEATH DO MATTER
November 8th. “Have you seen those adverts on street poles or been given leaflets at traffic lights about some healing ministry in our country these days. Is it really possible to “Bring back lost lover” with muti or other practices or is there an element of witchcraft involved there and something we should be concerned about? Loss is a natural part of life, a consequence of original sin one could say. It can cause much heartache and does need to be dealt with, but in appropriate ways. Some of us pray to St Anthony to find things like car keys or ID books we have lost. Others go to Retrouvaille, a programme for troubled marriages hoping to “rediscover” their love that they think they may have lost. Jesus told stories of God’s care for everyone of us including for sinners. He tells of the shepherd who goes after one of the 100 sheep who was lost and the woman searches for one lost coin of ten.
The woman said, “rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.” Just so I tell you there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:3-10. Pope Francis: Joy grows through pain and sorrow. After suffering and struggling together spouses are able to experience that it was worth it, because they achieved some good, learned something as a couple or came to appreciate what they have. AL130
November 9th. Bryan had spoken to a few couples who had described the pain of a miscarriage after awaiting a new birth with excitement. Bruce and Eliza admitted their sadness but also acknowledged that when they had discovered that their baby would have been badly deformed they were at peace accepting that she would not be able to survive. After some time they shared a quiet joy knowing that Hope, their innocent treasure, was already at home with God.
Our commonwealth is in heaven and from it we await a saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ who will change our lowly bodies to be like a glorious body. Phil. 3:17- 4:1. Pope Francis: By serenely contemplating the ultimate fulfilment of each human person, parents will be even more aware of the precious gift entrusted to them. God allows parents to choose the name by which he himself will call their child for all eternity. AL 166
November 11th. Sunday 32B. God in whom we trust. When Mrs Mondlana’s husband died unexpectedly he left her with two teenage children and obviously many expenses. Besides dealing with her own grief and that of the children she was very upset and shocked at the way his family treated her after the funeral. They blamed her for his death, saying she had bewitched him and then his brothers came and told her to leave the house as it belonged to their family. She didn’t know what to do except turn to the women in the sodality for help. She knew the other poor widows would be there for her.
Elijah asked, “bring me a morsel of bread”. She said, ”As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a pitcher and now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 1 Kings 17:10-16. Pope Francis: For the poor to overcome their oppressive situation, they need to sense the presence of brothers and sisters who are concerned for them and, by opening the doors of their hearts and lives, make them feel like friends and family. Only in this way can the poor discover “the saving power at work in their lives” Message for the 2nd World Day of the Poor 6