Acts 15: 7-21 Reflection:
Today we have the start of a Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in our parish. The novena is being given by the Redemptorists from Belfast and I am looking forward to hearing what their talks. In this part of the world the Redemptorists are often criticised for being too easy on people, letting sinners go to communion etc.
I don’t know the answer to all these things, for like the rest of us I cannot know the mind of God nor the mind of people. However in today’s first reading, which continues the story of the Council of Jerusalem, we hear how the apostles decide not to put too heavy of demands upon those who are coming into the Church from non-Jewish backgrounds.
Some people had said that they had to be circumcised before being accepted into the community. Paul and Barnabas said that this was not the case. Now the apostles all agreed with them, the matter was settled. We are a bit like this; we want people to conform to our ideals before we will accept them.
Perhaps we should accept them first and see what happens.
Yes, I am looking forward to hearing the preachers over the next nine days. From what I know of them this is the sort of attitude which they would take. Maybe I could learn something!