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The Black Dot: Family Reflection Video

Healing the family  |  Return to the Church

A surprise test? When the students flipped over the page, they were even more confused.

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus offers rest to the weary and burdened. Perhaps Jesus understood people’s tendencies to focus on their “black dots” like in my story today.

Jesus wants us to go to Him as we are. He knows our “black dots.” He knows we are overburdened and He wants to listen to all of our stories and our troubles. We can speak with Jesus as we would with a friend, sharing our joys, our struggles, our hopes, and our fears.

Jesus is the best listener I have ever known!

When you’re gathered with your family or friends, use my question to start an enriching discussion. “What is the black dot that bothers each of us … blinding us to the large white areas of our lives? Do we want to share it with Jesus right now?”

About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.

Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!