In his reflection on last Sunday’s gospel reading, Pope Francis dwelled on the moment when at sundown, the disciples invited Jesus to send the crowd away so that they could go and find something to eat. Jesus answered: “You give them something to eat”. The disciples obviously couldn’t imagine how they could feed that enormous crowd.
Focusing less on the actual miracle, and more on the attitude Jesus requires from his disciples, the Pope explains that this was Jesus’ way to educate them and us in God’s logic. ‘The logic of taking responsibility for others… Read more »
When the villagers of Le Chambon, in south-central France, sheltered some two thousand persecuted Jews in their own homes between 1941 and 1944, they knew that they could be severely punished for doing so.
Yet the Chambonnais did not feel that they were doing anything out of the ordinary. Compassionate hospitality had become second nature to them.
There was no formal instruction or organisation urging the Chambonnais to shelter refugees other than the simple but passionate exhortations to love one another that André Trocmé, their Lutheran pastor, delivered during his Sunday sermons… Read more »
No one can think of what happened on 25 May and remain unfazed. George Floyd, an African-American man was killed while in police custody in the state of Minneapolis, USA.
Floyd’s case is not an isolated one. He is added to the list of several others who were killed simply because their skin is black.
We would be deceived if we were to think that this is just a phenomenon that only affects the US… Read more »