The Thread of Family Conflict. Family and Grandparent Thought. July 9

Granny and Grandad Acton told the grandchildren how family life was very important to the patriarchs of the time.  “Their family stories just like ours today are full of drama, love and conflict.”  She shared, “We have always felt really sad and disappointed at the times when your father and uncle were at war with each other. Once they didn’t talk for years although their Dad had done his best to teach them how to deal with differences and conflict.  Somehow the girls all got on better together.”

After many years away Jacob decided to go back and face his brother Esau. The two had parted as enemies when Jacob stole his brother’s birth right and blessing.  Jacob took his wives and children and sent them on ahead. He was left alone and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. The man did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh and it was put out of joint. The stranger blessed Jacob and changed his name to Israel and told him he would have many descendants. Read the whole story in Genesis 32: 1-32.  

Pope Francis: The thread of suffering and bloodshed runs through numerous pages of the Bible, beginning with Cain’ murder of his brother.  We read of disputes between the sons and the wives of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the tragedies and violence in the family of David, the family problems in the story of Tobias and the bitter complaint of Job.  AL 20

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