UNDERSTANDING

As you can see from the image at the side, understanding has so many different meanings and interpretations! We are going to focus on the idea that understanding is the application of knowledge this week, but have a think about how the other definition of knowledge could be applied to our faith and let us know in the comments!
Can you think of times in the Bible where people have to be understanding, or show an understanding of something? There are lots of examples, let’s see who can manage to get the most!

 

Chaplaincy Notices

 

We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

This week we are looking at understanding. It is one of those words that we use a lot, but how much do we really understand the word understand? Confusing, right? Well never fear, some of our Chaplaincy students here at Trinity are on hand to explain, and to tell us how this word relates to our faith.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

Understanding is all about taking the knowledge that we have and actually applying it to our lives. When we learn about our faith, we gain knowledge, and we prove our understanding through our actions and how we show that faith. You may have seen the video below before, but it is a perfect example of how our actions can spread love and kindness.

 

When we realise that our actions have consequences, we begin to understand how important it is to live out our faith. Pope Francis said

“It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.”

Understanding is about those actions, about spreading that kindness. How can you show your understanding of God’s teachings this week? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Dear Lord,

Help us to live out our faith, showing our understanding of your teachings and growing with you every day. Allow us to share our knowledge with others, and gain a deeper appreciation for your love.

Amen.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

To understand, we must give ourselves entirely to God. We all connect with Him in different ways, and today we’re going to try and find a moment of connection and understanding through music. Music is a really great way for us to interact with our faith and, if we let it, it can allow us to experience new emotions and understand our faith differently. Whilst you listen to the song below, we want you to reflect and meditate on the following questions:

When do you first remember praying?

Do you know why we pray?

How close do you feel to God at the moment?

 

Dear Lord,

Though there are so many ways for us to talk to you, sometimes we find it difficult to remember your presence. Help us to trust in you, to let you be our guide, and to follow you to eternal life. When we falter and struggle help us to understand your Word and find the right path.

Amen.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

Our main way to try and understand our faith is through the Bible. God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful) and omnibenevolent (all-loving) so we cannot truly understand Him, but the Bible allows us a window of understanding and opportunity.

Every day at Mass we hear multiple readings from the Bible. Sometimes we hear three, sometimes four, sometimes old testament and sometimes new, but always a Gospel reading. The Gospels allow us to hear the teachings of Christ and are fundamental in the Church. Today we’re going to watch a video that explores what the word Gospel actually means.

Have you learnt anything from that video? Has it helped you to gain a deeper understanding of the Gospels? Let us know in the comments below.

Take a moment in silent, contemplative prayer. Talk to God, and ask him for his guidance on your journey of understanding.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we are going to hear Sunday’s Gospel. These videos fit perfectly with the word understanding, as that’s exactly what they are created for! They allow us to hear other people’s ideas and how they understand the scriptures to inform our own understanding and opinions.

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We end with the Sign of the Cross.
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