July 2nd“When I hear about drinking I get all knotted up inside.”  Mabel shared.  “At church gatherings at least they shouldn’t have wine because alcoholism and drunkenness is such a big problem these days. I know I had it in our family and it affected all of us, all ages.”  “But should we not also be able to appreciate a good wine. It is a gift from God too,” Dorothy said.  “Moderation my dear, is what I always say.”  Portia concluded.

Scripture:      Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.” From Amos 9:11-15. Pope Francis:  In old age they will still bear fruit.” Ps 92:15) These words of the Psalmist are glad tidings, a true gospel that we can proclaim to all on this second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.   They run counter to what the world thinks about this stage of life, but also to the attitude of grim resignation shown by some of us elderly people, who harbour few expectations for the future.   A long life – so the Bible teaches – is a blessing, and the elderly are not outcasts to be shunned, but living signs of the goodness of God, who bestows life in abundance.   Blessed is the house where an older person lives! Blessed is the family that honours the elderly!