DECEMBER FAMILY THEME: FAMILIES DO MATTER TO ALL!
World AIDS DAY. Johnson sat thinking back over the last 25 years or so. “When AIDS was first diagnosed there was so much fear, shame and stigma attached to it. People would talk but few would say, “My son is infected,” or “My daughter died of AIDS.” Families would close ranks. Even now it remains unsaid, although we can see the signs, that AIDS was the reason why we ended up looking after 6 grandchildren at one time and our daughter and son came home very sick. She died in those early days but he is well taking his ARVs regularly.” He turned to Josephine and said, “ We say it is a disease and not a sin, but so often there was a sinful act committed somewhere that caused the infection. It is also not right that the infection rate is still too high. It makes me think of Adam and Eve. They were created to live in harmony with God and one another. After their sin of disobedience when God came looking for them he found them wearing figleaves because they had become ashamed of their nakedness.” “It is sad too how the sin of jealousy caused Cain to kill his brother Abel.”
Watch at all times, praying that you may be able to stand before the Son of man. Luke 22:34-36.
Pope Francis: To want to form a family is to resolve to be a part of God’s dream, to choose to dream with him, to want to build with him, to join him in this saga of building a world where no one will feel alone. AL321 For reflection and sharing. How committed are we to share in God’s dream as individuals and members of our family?