Thanks be to God The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You have heard the cry of your people as they suffer under the tyranny of the ungodly and vain spirits that rule the world. The elders strive to make sense of our predicament. Through “Laudato Si”, “Amore Laetitia “ and now the anticipated pronouncements from the imminent Synod, billed to find resonance among our young Catholics.
In the first of this trilogy the holy father took us back to how we had drifted away from your vision, seen in “Genesis”. By denying You, we also cut off the holy connections to our “brothers and sisters” in creation. Love for you, God and others, has been replaced by self-love, ego and greeds. What should be treated with love and respect to honour and praise Your name, have turned into so much stuff that can be used(or abused) to meet the desires of the moment. And, our future indeed seems bleak.
In “Amore Laetitia”, Pope Francis goes on to show how fractured our family unit has become, following the devaluation of Love in our lives. Father has turned against mother, parent against child, but not as Christ had spoken! We no longer break bread collectively over the family dining table; sharing the day’s joys, trials and news of the world. Instead we are increasingly turning into couch potatoes, isolated, and engrossed with our favourite technology-driven diversion. Our self-indulgence makes us less compassionate, less understanding, and less charitable to others. Towards the family we become directive rather than gentle and inclusive. The greater freedom we seek, the less satisfied we become. All seems a vanity and chasing after the wind.
Signs of the seasons are there for those with ears to hear and eyes to see. The fathers of the Church are more aware of the challenges of the times. Hear their prayers Lord, as they search the scriptures and your revelations for wisdom and understanding needed to heal the world. In a few decades the Church has been able to transform its validity to a generation absorbed in experimentations and curious naval watching. The emerging generation is wiser from our misdemeanours. Help the fathers to reach out to them with the correct balance of what scripture teaches and the need of an emerging world. Amen.