March 2019: Refugees, Migrants, Displaced Persons

by SECAM

Text: Dt 26, 5

Commentary

According to the book of Deuteronomy, the offering of the first fruits of the harvest to the Lord was accompanied by a solemn profession of faith. It was a reminder to the people that the ancestors of Israel were not from Canaan: “My Father is a wandering Aramaic. He went down to Egypt, where he lived as an immigrant with a few people who accompanied him “(Dt 26, 5).

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Reflection for the Seventh Sunday – Year C

by Fr Christopher Maseko

By nature we have the quest to love and to be loved. We feel somehow fulfilled when we are appreciated, admired, respected and held in high esteem by others. In that way we feel important. On the other hand, we feel bad when others speak ill of us, mistreat, when reviled, opposed and criticized. Some have adopted the tendency of a one traffic rule and do not reciprocate the love as Jesus encourages us to treat others the same way we would love to be treated.

It is easy to mingle with friends especially if we have one thing in common. It is not easy, however, to meet people whom we dislike. The biggest challenge is to meet those who consider us as enemy. But Jesus even goes further when He says we should not only meet them, but that we should love them. ‘Love your enemy’ is the message to us. There are times when we keep grudges in our hearts against others, times when we allow thoughts of revenge to grow in us, and times when we should have loved our enemies, but we failed to do so. Continue reading “Reflection for the Seventh Sunday – Year C”

Reflection for the sixth Sunday – Year C

by Fr Christopher Maseko

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus preached the sermon of blessings and woes. Those who suffer now for Christ’s sake would be blessed, but those who rejoice now, shall suffer in the life to come. The opposite of a blessing is a curse. The very word frightens us, and hardly dare speak of it. We are deeply afraid of a curse, and we wish only to receive a blessing. But who is the kind of a person who deserves a blessing? And who is the kind of a person who deserves a curse: “A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, who relies on things of flesh, whose heart turns from the Lord.” On the other hand, “a blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside, that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its foliage stays green, it has no worries in a year of draught and never ceases to bear fruit.” Continue reading “Reflection for the sixth Sunday – Year C”

February 2019: Human Trafficking

by Fr. Joseph Laramie

Hands of a missing kidnapped, abused, hostage, victim woman tied up with rope in emotional stress and pain, afraid, restricted, trapped, call for help, struggle, terrified, locked in a cage cell. (Hands of a missing kidnapped, abused, hostage, victim

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Which is better: a paper cup that you use once, or a metal mug that you drink from again and again? The decision is clear. Reusable goods are better for the environment and cheaper in the long run.

What about people? Is it better to use someone once and then toss them aside, or to use them again and again? What?! Humans should not be treated like objects. We rightly feel confused and horrified by this example. But it happens everyday. There is a name for this modern crime: human trafficking.

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