18th January

Dad continuing to be in good form. IV antibiotic for pneumonia runs til Friday. Hospital discharge to respite care may be considered afterwards.

During breakfast I was reading about the visit that Irish bishops will shortly make to Pope Jesus-is-LordFrancis in Rome. The article mentioned some “green shoots” of revival in the Irish Church that they will mention to the Holy Father. Foremost among these will be “intentional discipleship”. This involves moving on from a merely cultural Christianity that may very well involve all the aspects of what a “practicing” Catholic does – saying daily prayers, going to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, keeping the Commandments, etc. An intentional disciple is one who makes a personal and profound commitment to Jesus as LORD of one’s life, making him the supreme reference point of all one’s decision making and hope for the future.

What is the return for making this commitment to Jesus? Perhaps the reading from today’s  Morning Prayer has something to say on the matter.

Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us. (Rom 8:35,37)