January 26. Margi emphasized, “the Marfam 2021 theme  “Our World a Family of Families” has been chosen with two purposes: 1. To focus on family relationships and needs and 2. To focus on the environment from a family perspective.   Animals and plants, like us, humans live and reproduce within family relationship settings, in other words parents produce and care for offspring. Highlighting and protecting this aspect of nature is one of our particular interests at this time. As we say, “All families matter.” 

The crowd said to Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”  And he said, “Who are my mother and brothers?”  And he looked around on those who sat with him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother!”   Mark 3:31-35.

Pope Francis: In families everyone contributes to the common purpose. They may quarrel but there is something that does not change: the family bond. If only we could view our political opponents or neighbours in the same way that we view our children or our spouse, mother or father. How good would this be!   FT 230. Reflect and share.