"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Short reflection on the Joyful Mysteries

I would like to share with you my reflections for the joyful mysteries today. I actually wrote these down at the beginning of 2008 when I was living in Sudan. Here goes:

We learn to accept what is asked of us (the annunciation). We are also called to visit our friends frequently to share in their joy and to bring them our good news (as Mary shows in the Visitation), and when others visit us, even if it inconveniences us, we should welcome them graciously (as Mary and Joseph welcomed the shepherds and wise men to the stable in which Christ was born), and when we are visited by anyone, no matter how humble or insignificant they appear we should be able to recognise God in them (as Simeon recognised the Messiah in the baby Jesus, even though he would have scarcely believed that he could be saved by an infant). Lastly, when ever we visit or entertain friends, it is key to listen to them and question them in such a way as to open them to God's message of Love, never criticising nor condoning mistakes or prejudices, but guiding them (as Jesus did when in the Temple as a 12 year old young boy).
God Bless

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