This week we are thinking about the way we treat each other across the world.
Our music resource, video and scripture are teaching us how we should treat each other. By showing love and respect to our family across the world, each and every person, we are following the teachings of Jesus.
Our picture resource and our action will get us thinking about whether the way our world gives out Justice is actually fair for everyone and whether it shows the love that Jesus taught us to share.
We must understand that all people are different but as we are each made in God’s own image the way that we treat others is also how we are treating God. If we give to others we are giving to God, if we show mercy we are showing love to God.
Throughout the week think about your own actions and how they affect people in your local community and across the globe.
How can you work towards good for everyone?
If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.
Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!
If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!
Lady Justice was not originally wearing a blindfold on all of her statues, this only began in the 15th Century.
Lady Justice is said to wear a blindfold because she is objective and impartial. This means that she makes decisions on justice based on the facts only, she does not consider how rich or poor someone is, she does not consider whether someone is a man or a woman, she does not consider their age, the colour of their skin or their religious beliefs.
Do you think this happens?
Do you think this is right? Should the circumstances and the situation that people live in be considered?
Take some time to quietly reflect and to think about Justice.
Do you think it works?
Is it right?
How can you bring true justice in your life? How can you make things better?
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This week’s action is designed to get us thinking about what Justice means.
Watch this scene from the film Aladdin.
In this video we join Aladdin and Abu just after they have stolen some bread from a market stall.
Your task is to split into teams and to decide what should happen to Aladdin and Abu. Each group should represent the different characters involved in the clip:
Aladdin and Abu
The market stall holder whose bread was stolen
The local people in that area
Judges who decides what sentence they will receive if they are caught
Think about the perspective and opinion of the people that you are representing:
How does your character feel about what has happened?
What is important for them?
Do they care what other people are going through and what other people think?
What do they think about the way justice is carried out? What do they think justice is?
You might find some of these lines useful as you prepare the points in your arguments:
“I’ll have your hands for a trophy street rat!”
“All this for a loaf of bread?”
“You’re only in trouble if you get caught…”
“I steal only what I can’t afford, and that’s everything.”
“Riff raff!” “Street Rat!” “Scoundrel!”
“Just a little snack guys!”
“He’s become a one man rise in crime. I’d blame parents except he hasn’t got ’em.”
“Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat, otherwise we’d get along”
You could also use these pieces of scripture in your arguments for your character:
This is what Jesus read out to the Jewish people in the Synagogue:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.”
(Luke 4: 18-19)
Jesus said this to his followers:
“Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!”
(Matthew 5: 7)
“Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!”
(Matthew 5: 9)
I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink;
‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty?’
‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’
When you have prepared your arguments for the characters that you represent come together as a Class and give each group the chance to speak out for their characters.
Once everyone has a had a chance to speak you could try to come up with ways to argue against the things that the other characters have said if they are different to what your character wants and thinks.
After you have completed your discussions think about Justice.
Does everyone receive justice?
Is the way that justice works right?
Are people treated fairly in the world that you live in?
What do you think is the best way to achieve justice and fairness for everyone in our world today?
We pray Lord that there will be justice in our world.
We ask that everyone is respected and treated fairly.
We pray for those who are in situations where they cannot afford to eat. We pray that we will find ways to help them as you have asked us to do.
Click here for the Video Resource
Thinking about the common good means thinking about what is good for more than just ourselves, we must consider the good of others.
Watch this video about that thing called respect.
Which part of the video is most memorable for you?
How did the person in the video change?
What do you think respect is?
Why is respect important?
At the end of the video the person is able to share respect with others and that brings him closer to God.
Respect is what Luke’s Gospel is talking about when it says:
Do for others just what you want them to do for you.
Think about how you can have more respect in your life. Respect for yourself, for people, for places and for possessions.
Lord please help us to respect everything that you have created for us.
Help those people in the world who are not given the respect that they deserve.
Click here for the Scripture Resource
This week’s Scripture is from Matthew’s Gospel.
Jesus teaches us that in order to love God we must show love to each other.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
(Glory to you O Lord)
“When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne,and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’
The Gospel of the Lord
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ)
This scripture from Matthew’s Gospel explains that when we do good and help others we are doing what Jesus has asked us to do and we are helping God.
We are all God’s people and we are made in God’s own image so we must always try to do God’s work by doing good to others.
Watch this video as these children explain one of the lines of the scripture.
These children focus on the line of the scripture that says:
…I was a stranger and you received me in your homes…
(Matthew 25: 35)
Could you treat those who are lonely and left out in the same way?
Choose your own line of the scripture and create a role play to show how you could do as Jesus asked and help others in need.
You could film your role plays to share with other Classes or to create a guide on how to do good to others.