The word of the week is Inclusion!

Jesus calls all people to follow him. Jesus didn’t discriminate, and often caused outrage by being friends with the kinds of people that society didn’t like. There are many passages in the Gospels where we hear about Jesus’ selfless and caring nature towards those who were forgotten or oppressed.

As a Christian community we aspire to be like Jesus everyday, which means loving our neighbour no matter what their race, religion, ethnicity, age or gender. Jesus was loving and inclusive to everyone.

This week think about those people who often get left out, and our responsibilities to include and support them.

How can you show God’s love and compassion to them?

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

This week’s Word of the Week Video is brought to us by The Becket School! It’s lovely to be able to see the other schools in our trust are learning and praying at the same time. Have a watch of the video, and maybe comment a nice message for the students at Becket below!

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

This week is all about including others. To include others we need to challenge our own preconceived stereotypes, and realise that as hard as we try, we probably have some sort of sub-conscious bias within ourselves. God created us all as equals, as children of his own, and so it is our duty as Catholics to challenge any bias that we may have. We should never prejudge others, and we should love and support people no matter who they are.

The video below is very short, and is a quick experiment. Have a watch and then have a discussion as form with the thoughts below.

 

Discuss as a class any preconceptions that you may have. Why do you think that you have them? How can you challenge them today?

..we end our prayer with the sign of the cross.
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Play this song whilst you are coming in. Once you’re all sat down, turn off the music and press play on Mr Brennan’s Act of Worship below.

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross.
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

This video today is quite long, but it’s really important that you watch the whole thing. You will likely have seen over the past few months the increase in publicity of the Black Lives Matter movement. As Catholics we NEVER accept or condone racism, and we should actively work to promote love, peace and justice within everyone and all our communities. Fr Jonathan is a priest in our diocese, and released this video with The Briars to talk more about the issue and our role as Catholics.

Let’s break it down…

Fr J’s 3 important truths and 3 important actions to stamp out racism:

3 Truths

1 Creator – There is one God, one Father, our creator who has created one race, the human race. We are all brothers and sisters, sharing the same human rights.

1 Saviour – There is only one Saviour and that is Jesus Christ, the saviour of the human race. Jesus’ death and resurrection opened up a way out of sin and death for humanity showing us how much he loves us. He let the holy spirit of new life fall upon the nations of the world with gifts to help us spread the Good News.

1 Shared Destiny – Everyone in the human race has a shared destiny. This destiny is the happiness of heaven. There is a place in heaven for every human being.

 

3 Actions

Solidarity – We can and should stand alongside the victims of racism.

Respect – We can show respect for difference and diversity.  We can be inclusive with others without losing our differences, diversity and unique identity. Celebrate diversity it’s beautiful!

Campaign – We can campaign to oppose racism and call for accountability for people whose wrong attitudes and wrong actions cause racism. Call for investigations when racism happens and make sure concrete changes take place so as to create equality and the unity of the human race.

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

As always, Friday is our scripture video, created this week by The Becket School for us. However, if you haven’t yet watched yesterday’s video or finished it, please go and do that first.

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross
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