January 20. Friendship.  In their discussions during their faith sharing time Mark’s family addressed the topic of friendship.  Parents don’t always like the friends their children bring home when they are young and also as they get older for a variety of reasons e.g. family background, behaviour, appearance.  Homosexuality is a recognised reality today.  It is a challenge for parents and the young person if they discover their child is gay. How would they deal with their child bringing a gay or lesbian friend home? 

Reflect, share. Scripture:  Read from 2 Samuel 1:27.   David mourned the death of Saul and Jonathan, his friend and Saul’s son. “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished!” Pope Francis: God has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters.   FT 5.   Every person regardless of sexual orientation ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while every sign of unjust discrimination is to be carefully avoided. AL 250  Pray:  to discern wisely on issues related to sexual orientation and friendship. . Choose appropriate action.