REFLECTIONS.  Extracts from November FAMILY FAITH FOCUS.   

16th November. The Kingdom. From Jesus’ own time until now people keep asking about the coming of the Kingdom. “Where is it, what does it look like?” they asked him.  Different churches and theologians using the Bible and external signs as described in the Book of Revelation have tried to identify the end. We think of those who have died already experiencing it.  However do we sometimes forget the words of Jesus himself, when he said, “Behold the kingdom of God is in your midst?”  But even those words continue to confuse us.  Is it within each one, in the Church, in Christianity, wherever the values of the Kingdom are lived, or wherever Wisdom is found?

In wisdom there is a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, subtle, unpolluted, invulnerable, loving the good, humane, steadfast, free from anxiety.   God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom. From Wisdom 7:22-8:1 “Gods kingdom is in your midst”, says Jesus.  From Luke 17:20-25:

 Pope Francis   The kingdom already present and growing in our midst engages us at every level of our being and reminds us of the principle of discernment. It must be directed to all men and the whole man.   EG 181

17th November.  Taking Action.  Isn’t it true that in spite of all the strife, conflict and disasters that we see on TV every day we mostly carry on living as normal. We may give some money to a disaster fund or a charity out of a sense of obligation, maybe guilt or compassion.  It seems that mainly when people have suffered a loss or are suffering from a particular disease they are prepared to take some action, maybe form or join a support group like COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS for those who have lost a child or SUICIDES ANONYMOUS.

If they have the power to know so much that they could investigate the world, how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of all things?”  Wisdom 13:1-9.

Pope Francis : if the family in the light of faith accepts the presence of persons with special needs they will be able to recognise and ensure the quality and value of every human life, with its proper needs, rights and opportunities. 

On more for the WORLD DAY OF THE POOR see “Blessed are they with open hands..”

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