October 3. Jewish people in South Africa.  Michael’s research project highlighted some interesting information.  Catholics no longer condemn Jews for being responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus. But for many centuries they had carried that stigma and were hated by many Christians in many European countries. Jewish immigrants to South Africa sometimes came as a result of this anti-semitism experienced in different ways over the years, but many also came for commercial, financial and mining opportunities. Jewish traders are also still remembered in rural towns.  As a community they have tended to be close and supportive of one another. Their involvement in law and politics has also contributed greatly to our national development.  Jews identify with their religion as well as their nation and Israel and Jerusalem remain their spiritual home wherever they live.  

Reflect, share, act. Scripture:   Thus says the Lord of hosts, In those days ten men from the nations of every language shall take hold of the robe of a Jew saying, “let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zech 8:20-23.  Pope Francis: One fundamental human right must not be forgotten in the journey towards fraternity and peace.  It is religious freedom for believers of all religions.   It proclaims that we can build harmony and understanding between different cultures and religions.  It also testifies to the fact that since the important things we share are so many, it is possible to find a means of serene, ordered and peaceful coexistence, accepting our differences and rejoicing that as children of the one God, we are all brothers and sisters. FT 279.  Eco-tip and prayer: As part of the Season of Creation focus connect with someone from a different faith and discuss their understanding of God’s plan for creation. Pray:  Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love, so that walking together we may renew the face of the earth.