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It will continue to provide you with rich contents week after week.

 

16th Sunday of Year C – 2022

Usually, the followers of Christ want to please God and they make special efforts to live as he wants them to.
In general, Christians try to imitate Jesus as they see him in the gospel and they try to be faithful to what God expects of them.

Prayers, devotions, sacrifices, penance in different forms – all these are part of the means in use.
But often, people ask themselves whether they have chosen what is best…
Are they, in fact, using the right way, the proper ritual, the correct words to address God?

Today’s gospel message (Luke 10:38-42) may come as a relief to many.
We hear Jesus reassuring Martha in these words:

“Few things are needed, indeed only one.”

Amazing, really!
Truly astonishing and… comforting!
But what is this ONE thing?

Described as “the better part”, it is shown in Mary’s attitude: simply being present to God.
Could it be that simple?

We cannot doubt Jesus words: they are direct and clear.
It is not a question of words to say, or things to be done.

It is a question of being – being there with God and for God.
Being attentive to what he tells us,
open to what he asks from us,
ready to receive what he offers us.

And then?… The rest is up to him!
It is worth trying!…
 
Note: A video, in English, presents the scene of this gospel text at: https://youtu.be/mRe14dfXf6c

Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/16e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2022/

 

Source: Image: Pinterest

World Youth Day – 15 July

Young people are drivers of change and must be fully engaged in decisions affecting their future. Guided by the United Nations Youth 2030 strategy, I urge everyone to act for youth skills development as a priority, at the Summit and beyond.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Transforming youth skills for the future

In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. Since then, World Youth Skills Day has provided a unique opportunity for dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organizations, policy-makers and development partners.

World Youth Skills Day 2022 takes place amid concerted efforts towards socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that are interconnected with challenges such as climate change, conflict, persisting poverty, rising inequality, rapid technological change, demographic transition and others.

Young women and girls, young persons with disabilities, youth from poorer households, rural communities, indigenous peoples, and minority groups, as well as those who suffer the consequences of violent conflict and political instability, continue to be excluded due to a combination of factors. In addition, the crisis has accelerated several transitions the world of work was already undergoing, which add layers of uncertainty regarding the skills and competencies that will be in demand after the pandemic is overcome.

The United Nations and its agencies,  such as UNESCO-UNEVOC, are well placed to help address these challenges by reducing access barriers to the world of work, ensuring that skills gained are recognized and certified, and offering skills development opportunities for out-of-school youth and those not in employment, education or training (NEET). During this Decade of Action for the 2030 Agenda, the full engagement of young people in global processes is vital to generate positive change and innovation.

 

Source: Text: UN   Image: pngtree.com

 

World Population Day – 11 July

Did you know?

  • Since the middle of the 20th century, the world has experienced unprecedented population growth. The world’s population more than tripled in size between 1950 and 2020.
  • The growth rate of the world’s population reached a peak between 1965 and 1970, when human numbers were increasing by an average of 2.1% per year.
  • During the period from 2000 to 2020, even though the global population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2%, 48 countries or areas grew at least twice as fast: these included 33 countries or areas in Africa and 12 in Asia.
  • The life span of adults in the developed world has increased since the middle of the 20th century – the number of people reaching the age of 100 years has never been greater than it is today.
  • Worldwide, the number of deaths relative to the size of the population has been declining since the 1950s, Over the next several decades, projections by the United Nations assume a continuing gradual decrease in age-specific mortality rates.

 

 

 International Small Arms Destruction Day – 9 July

This date marks the International Small Arms Destruction Day, a date initiated by the United Nations in 2001 to remind the threat that the excessive and destabilizing accumulation of and illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons pose to peace and security, and highlights the importance of destroying surplus weapons as a key measure to reduce illicit arms flows and build safer societies where citizens can develop their full potential.

Illicit firearms are often catalysts and elements that aggravate the impact and harm produced by other crimes, including violent crimes, organised crime, drug trafficking or terrorism, among others, posing a major threat to human security and social stability, whilst standing as a serious obstacle to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 Indeed, the international community has recognised the need to reduce illicit arms flows as a key target (Target 16.4) in pursuit to achieve peace, justice and strong institutions, as Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Over the past decade, arsenals have proliferated at global level. According to Small Arms Survey, it is estimated that there are approximately 1,13 billion firearms in circulation, among which 857 million are held by civilians; 133 million by military; and 22,7 million by law enforcement.

The larger the number of uncontrolled arms in circulation, the more difficult it is to ensure effective control over them throughout their entire lifecycle. Stockpiles become potential targets of thefts and attacks, and diversion points of firearms to the hands of criminals, non-state armed groups, terrorists, etc., contributing to fuel crime, conflict, gender-based violence, forced migration and innumerable indirect consequences.

Source: Text: UN   Image: Slidesgo

15th Sunday of Year C – 2022

There are people who regret not to have been among those who walked the paths of Palestine when Jesus himself was doing so – they would have seen him with their own eyes!
More people still lament the fact that God is… invisible – if only they could get a glimpse of him, they say they would be satisfied!

The first words of the 2nd reading of this Sunday have a message for all of them, for all of us indeed (Colossians 1:15-20).
Writing to the Colossians, the apostle Paul tells them:

“Christ is the image of the invisible God”.

Christ – Jesus of Nazareth, yes, but this same Jesus risen and alive eternally, Christ the Lord.
This means that whatever we see in him is also present in God himself.

His attention to those around him: “Someone touched me…” (Luke 8:46).
His concern for those following him: “They have been with me for three days and they have nothing to eat…” (Matthew 15:32).
His compassion for those in need: “He felt compassion for them, they were like sheep without a shepherd…” (Mark 6:34).
His closeness to us: “I do not call you servants, I call you friends…” (John 15:15).
His readiness to help: “I will go and heal him…” Matthew 8:7).
His reassurance in answer to our needs: “Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7)
His sorrow for our lack of understanding: “If you had only understood on this day the message of peace…” (Luke19:42).
His love: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you…” (John 15:9).
 
THIS is God –
the nearness of God, the concern of God, his compassion, his readiness to come to our help, his regret that we do not understand his ways, his love…
If looking for an ‘image’ of God… this is it, so clearly ‘visible’!
 
Note: another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/15e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2022/

 

 

Source: Image: The Good News Herald – WordPress.com

14th Sunday of Year C – 2022

Among believers, if asked whether they know God, some people would answer immediately:
“Of course, I know him!”
Others may pause for a moment before replying: “Well, I know some things about him…”

Knowing someone is quite an experience, and to know someone truly the experience must be on-going, never achieved completely.
The same is true, all the more so, where God is concerned.
In fact, to know him truly, we need him to make himself known to us.

In the gospel of this Sunday (Luke 10:1-12,17-20), Jesus tells us something important about God.
Sending his Apostles to towns and villages to tell people about God, Jesus says that they are to proclaim:

“The kingdom of God is very near to you.”
 
The kingdom of God – God’s presence, God himself is indeed very near to us.
Sad to say, many people think of him as far away, far above…
To many people, God is uninvolved, untouched, unmoved by our human experiences…
When he, himself, has chosen to become one of us in Jesus!

It may be helpful in the coming days, to repeat the words – a little like a mantra:
“God is very near…”

The days ahead may be transformed into something we had not experienced until now…

 

Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at:https://image-i-nations.com/14e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2022/

 

Source: Image: Our Retirement Days

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, Year C – 2022

It is recorded that Niels Bohr, a brilliant physicist told the no less brilliant Einstein : « Einstein, stop telling God what to do. »

It seems that we, human beings, often give in to the temptation of doing exactly that: telling God what to do!
We see the apostles doing this in today’s gospel (Luke 9:11-17).

They tell Jesus:

« Send the people away and they can go to the villages to find lodging and food.”
 
Had Jesus listened to the apostles, there would have been no multiplication of the loaves!
No anticipation of something more…
No sign of what was to come…
What we celebrate on today’s feast: Jesus giving us his own body and blood as food –
food permanently offered and always available to us…

It could be an interesting exercise – and quite a revelation –
To look at all those times when, in our life experiences – we told God what to do
and… he did not follow our suggestion or insistent request!

What did we not gain from his refusal to accept our advice!
Much to be thankful for… to this day!

 

Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-du-corps-et-du-sang-du-christ-annee-c-2022/

 

Source: Image: BiblePic.com

Feast of the Holy Trinity, Year C – 2022

One day, I heard someone say with much conviction: “We must let God be God!”
Perhaps this is what today’s celebration is meant to remind us of: Let God be God…

Accept that God is…
so much greater than we can picture,
so much wiser than we can understand,
so much more powerful than we can realize,
so much more surprising, than we can imagine,
so much beyond all that our human mind can perceive…

Today’s feast of the Holy Trinity is the celebration that:

God is a Father relating in a unique way to his Son, a relationship lived within their common Spirit.
 
We cannot imagine, understand or realize this – no human being can.
But this statement must be corrected –
one human being has understood: Jesus, he who was truly one of us,
God-made-man, God-become-human.

While we do not understand God,
because of Jesus, through him, we share in God’s life.

As we are told in the 2nd reading, in the letter that Paul wrote to the Christians of Rome (Romans 5:1-5):

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, 
who has been given to us.”
 
This reveals the real meaning of what we believe,
of who God is,
and of what he has made us to be!

 

Note: Another reflection, on a different theme, is available in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-de-la-sainte-trinite-annee-c-2022/

 

Source: Image: YouTube 

 

Journée internationale de la NASH – 10 juin 2022

Journée internationale de la NASH

On peut aussi l’appeler par son nom anglais : International Nash Day… cela vous parle un peu plus ? Pas évident. Une explication s’impose…

Nos foies souffrent en silence

La stéatohépatite non-alcoolique, ou NASH, est une maladie dégénérative du foie qui affecte des millions de patients à travers le monde.

Résultat d’un trouble métabolique, la NASH est la conséquence directe des modes de vie modernes : régimes alimentaires mal équilibrés (en général trop riches en sucres et en graisses) associés au manque d’exercice physique.

Cette maladie est d’autant plus inquiétante qu’elle est « silencieuse », comprenez que les patients ne présentent généralement aucun symptôme avant d’atteindre les stades avancés de la maladie, qui sont souvent des complications potentiellement mortelles, telles que la cirrhose ou le cancer du foie.

La NASH est bien plus qu’une simple maladie du foie

Les personnes atteintes par la NASH présentent également un risque plus important d’événements cardiovasculaires, qui sont même la première cause de mortalité chez les patients NASH.

Il est intéressant que l’alerte soit donnée par une association qui lutte pour l’éducation de la population. Alors, pour la 5ème Journée Internationale de la NASH, organisée rappelons-le le 10 juin 2022, mobilisons-nous, réfléchissons sur nos habitudes et faisons les évoluer !

Un site à visiter : www.international-nash-day.com    Source: Texte & Image:  Journée Mondiale

International NASH Day – 10 June 2022

International NASH Day (IND) is a public education campaign launched in June 2018 to raise visibility and urgency around fatty liver disease and its more advanced form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which affects more than 115 million people around the world.

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a hidden epidemic. It is the progressive form of Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and affects more than 115 million people worldwide. An estimated 357 million people will be affected by 2030. Because NASH symptoms are often not overt, NASH is often underdiagnosed and underreported. NAFLD and NASH are major risk factors for concurrent conditions: more than 70% of patients are obese, up to 75% have type 2 diabetes, and anywhere from 20-80% have hyperlipidemia. Unchecked, NASH may lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver transplant.

Against this backdrop, the first International NASH Day was launched on June 12, 2018, with the goal of raising awareness about NASH and the actions people can take to prevent the disease. In 2021, International NASH Day was held on June 10, under the leadership of Global Liver Institute, gathering together more than 120 partners worldwide and successfully launching events and screenings, briefings, media outreach, and social media campaigns globally. Now entering its fifth year, we invite you to join us again as we mobilize our collective efforts to #StopNASHNow!

Source: Text & Image: international-nash-day.org