Mons' Musings Vol. 4: Choosing love in modern times
By Mons. Peter Jeffrey:
“Before the world was made, He chose us in Christ to live through LOVE in His presence!”
If we pause (even for a moment) to ponder and personalise what St. Paul is saying in his message to the people at Ephesus, we will marvel at our own dignity. We need to do that from time to time because in the ‘ups and downs’ of our daily routine we can sometimes lose sight of our unique worth.
Even if we just glimpse that about ourselves, we will find that we are coming to think more about others – especially those less fortunate than ourselves. Surprisingly in this new found freedom we will find our horizons are broadening. I am thinking of the young people from N.D.C who recently went to Fiji and the group that went to Timor Leste. If you chat with them on their return I suspect you will find that their priorities are beginning to shift. They will be thinking less about themselves and more about others.
In his book “SIGNS OF THE TIMES” Jean Vanier whom we spoke about last time asks this challenging question – “ Are we aware enough of the one and a half BILLION people who live in gigantic slums – especially in South America, Africa and Asia?” He goes on to say “How can we fail to be horrified by this situation – especially when this population is growing by 100,000 a day?”
I am going to be bold enough to say that the chasm between the rich and the poor is humanity’s greatest drama! So many of the Social Justice investigations you undertake in your studies help to raise awareness of this contemporary plight. At the same time, I am very attentive to all the signs of the presence of God and the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of many men and women who, without knowing Jesus, are working to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
The world was impressed and involved in the recent rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in the Thai cave. It revealed a strong humanitarian spirit that eventually brought relief and exhilaration that was felt around the world. The great Second Vatican Council, invited us to scrutinize the “SIGNS OF THE TIMES’’. So many people of all faiths are following with great interest what our current Pope is saying to us. At his inaugural Mass, he called on all people of good will to become “protectors” of all creation.
I know that in your studies many of you are exploring this big issue of care for our environment with all its associated questions such as climate change.
I am challenged by what Pope Francis also said at his inauguration – “I must open my arms to protect all of God’s people, and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest and the weakest – the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick and those in prison”.
Jean Vanier says “Yes, the Holy Spirit is indeed preparing new things – maybe even a new and deeper vision of LOVE springing up from the hearts of those who are craving for authentic RELATIONSHIPS”.
May the Christ’s love in us shine through in all our relationships.