Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reflection for Friday, March 1, 2013

Reflection:  Today we see numerous aspects of our sinful human nature exhibited in one short story about Joseph and his brothers.  The brothers plot to kill Joseph because of their jealousy and hatred of the father’s love for Joseph.  They are so envious of their brother that they do not even acknowledge him and greet him when he arrives in their presence.  One lone brother convinces the others not to shed blood, but out of greed, they justify selling him.  In their human weakness, they are willing to sacrifice their own family member, their flesh and blood, because of their own desires for love and for money. 

Reflection for younger saints:  Today we heard a story about a family of brothers that all wanted to be loved the most by their father.  The brothers believed Joseph was loved the most, and hated him because of this.  Because they wanted to be the favorite so much, they were willing to hurt their brother in order to get what they wanted.

Big Picture:  We are weak, and we are sinful

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Do you every fight with your brothers or sisters because you want to be the favorite, or you want to have the most attention?  Is this a kind way to treat your brothers and sisters that you love?  How can you try to love your brothers or sisters instead of trying to get attention for yourself?
     Older saints:  Reflect on the behavior of the brothers.  We see that they are jealous, envious, exhibit hatred, contrive lies, and were greedy.  These were not very attractive characteristics in what these brothers were willing to do.  Do you exhibit any of these characteristics in your own life?  Are you ever willing to sacrifice or put down your friends or your family to get what you want?

Fun Fact:  The seven deadly sins (also known as cardinal sins or capital vices) are:  lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint David of Wales
     What they are remembered for:  St. David of Wales was a British priest, founded many monasteries, and is known for his service and missionary work.  St. David of Wales and those who worked with him were known for working in silence, without the help of animals to till the soil, and living on only bread, water, and vegetables.  Many churches in South Wales are dedicated to him.
     Feast day:  March 1
     Patron Saint of:  poets, Wales
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