“The Apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.” (ACTS 15, 6)
We can observe the beginning of the daily life of the Church, which needs to discuss matters when there is something difficult to understand, like today’s councils or synods.
In these months our Church is preparing for a Synod about marriage and family in October: “to see about this matter.” What we can do is to pray for the synod’s fathers to help them receive all the wisdom from Heaven to see clearly, with respect to God’s law, and to protect the truth. This is always the best response to Our Lord’s wish: “remain in me—to bring more fruits.”
“Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord; whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word…” (Acts 11:19).
Bad people, horrible persecution and at the same moment God’s word is spreading. Persecution is an inseparable companion of the Church. It is not “the persecution” which can stop the Church, but the lack of “preaching the word”. When we meditate on His word daily, when we let the Word to be preached to our hearts, Our Lord will take care of the rest.
“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord. I know them, and they follow me. Alleluia” (Alleluia versus)
In the so called “heart of Europe” this time we
greeted Father Darek. This was a beautiful and fruitful
time, a big thankyou! As usual, we had also a lot of fun:
children played around on mountains of mattresses and
pillows, they visited goats and played on the playground.
Meanwhile, adults discovered the ancient art of eating
without (forgotten) cutlery and of making a grill on a
completely rusty grate. It was a bit like the story of five
loaves of bread and two fish – we gave what we could give
and God has done the rest.
I wonder what culinary adventure
we will have next time? One thing is certain – there’s a
spiritual adventure coming…
Agnieszka and Rafal from Brussels