by Thapelo Letsoela
“Everyone should look upon his neighbour (without any exception) as another self.” – (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes)
It is that time of the year when we commemorate the youth of ’76; those who had the courage to put their lives on the line not only for their own benefit, but also for the future of South Africa. We know it was an uprising against Afrikaans as the medium of instruction but we also know that the students were fighting for much greater things, for human dignity. Were their lives lost in vain? Why is it that we no longer have respect for ourselves and our peers?
To what extent do we value ourselves? To what extent do we value our peers, our fellow Africans? Do we see the significance of another person? Can we put a price on it? Can we put our lives on the line like the youth of ’76 did for our known and unknown neighbours? That’s what made them heroes.
Thank you Lord for the gift of life,
Help us see the meaning of it and to appreciate it,
Jesus help us to see and love you in our neighbour
Teach us to have courage to do good without expecting any reward.
We ask all this through our Lord Jesus Christ.