My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. This is what I command you: love one another (Jn 15:12, 17). Jesus calls us to love each other, which involves being kind, compassionate, fair and just, and forgiving and reconciling. If we do this, then everyone can see God’s mercy and God’s love in our actions. We get the grace and strength to do this through prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to help us. We also get help to live like Jesus when we receive Jesus in the Eucharist. This ties in with the preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist.
The Eight Beatitudes of Jesus
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
God Asks Us to …
When we act justly we are fair to those around us and those in our world. Sometimes we can look around and see that not everyone is treated fairly or justly. As followers of Jesus we should work to help those seeking justice to achieve it.
G is for generous which you always are
R is for rides in your big shiny car
A is for amazing the love that you show
N is for nurturing and helping us grow
D is for delicious the cakes that you bake
P is for patience when I make mistakes
A is for apples you put in you tarts
R is for recognising the love in our hearts
E is for enjoying our interesting talks
N s for nice when we go go for a walk
T is for thank you for al that you do
S is for saying WE REALLY LOVE YOU
Remind the children of yesterday’s activity of the ‘cup of kindness’. We remember how Jesus asks us to be kind. We think of all the times when we share and help; are gentle and kind; the times when we invite others to play with us; and the kind words we share with each other.
Help me to live as Jesus has shown me.
When I don’t do the right thing,
guide me back to your loving ways.
Help me to remember to always say sorry.
The Parable of the Lost Son
Jesus continued: ‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate.” So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
‘When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” So he got up and went to his father.
‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
‘The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
‘But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.
‘Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. “Your brother has come,” he replied, “and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.”
‘The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!”
‘“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”’