Well he’s done it again…he’s captured the headlines and perhaps given hope to some, no doubt disappointed others, and will undoubtedly be accused of selling out yet again by the ancient regime. The new Apostolic Exhortation. ‘Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love): On love in the Family’ has hit the airways and all pages, I am told, can be downloaded from that great instrument, the internet or the Australian Bishop’s web site which also contains a summary of the Exhortation. I have not read it but the commentators are at it and one suggests that three verbs should really be noted: accompany, discern and integrate! Could be a new topic for Teams!
What a document to release in time for the Gospel to be read this weekend!
I had been thinking about a phrase in the second reading: “The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom strength, honour, glory and blessing.” Seven gifts almost nominating seven Sacraments years before we finally discovered these paths to life with Christ. The author, I think, had an enormous understanding of the gift of Jesus and what he had done for the world and was looking for words to convey his excitement that “hope had come into the world.” Which leads easily to the first paragraph. That our lives rest ultimately on JOY, because of what He has done: “they left the presence of the Sanhedrin GLAD to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the NAME.”
Can we bring greater joy to our lives and, despite the current sufferings, show the world the wonders that members of our church are doing “for the sake of the name?”