Understanding- The Becket (14th-18th June)

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The word of the week is Understanding!

11th week of Ordinary Time

Liturgical Colour: Green

Last week we explored the theme of knowledge. Unless we can understand the knowledge we retain and learn we can’t use it to make the world a better place. Understanding helps us take our knowledge and apply it to our lives.

Think this week about how you could be more understanding. How could you empathise and really understand what your friends are thinking or feeling?

It often involves making an effort and really listening. How can you better understand the consequences of your decisions and actions this week?

Welcome back everyone!

Monday of week 11 in Ordinary Time

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Understanding- A gift from the Holy Spirit

In the video below, Susan Timoney, a professor of pastoral studies at The Catholic University of America, discusses understanding as one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

Professor Susan believes ‘understanding’ means knowing what God is asking of us and being able to do that.

Thomas Aquinas understands ‘understanding’ as to be able to to see life through God’s eyes.

When we practice something, whether that be algebra, cricket or speaking a different language, we get better at that thing. Similarly, understanding becomes a habit when we practice it more and more.

Discuss and Comment:

How can we practice understanding?

For example…we can ask questions in lessons, study the scripture and discuss its meaning, ask people questions and get to know them better before you make a judgement of that person.

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

A Prayer for Understanding

Dear Lord, grant me the gift of understanding.

Help me to understand the feelings of others, to be patient and to be kind.

Help me to understand what you are calling me to do so that I may be the best version of myself.

Help me to always see you at work in my own life and in the lives of others.

Help me to grow in wisdom and understanding through listening to and sharing your Word.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Tuesday of week 11 in Ordinary Time

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Jesus and the Samaritan Women- Reading the scripture helps us to understand the person Jesus was and from Jesus, we can understand the kind of person we should aspire to be like.

Jesus answered, “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.” John 4:13-14

Hills of the North, Rejoice!: The Samaritan Woman at the Well

The woman at the well, also known as the Samaritan woman, is found in John 4:1-42. This scripture points to the global scope of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus didn’t just come for the Jews. Jesus came to save all people who believe in Him regardless of their past and regardless of their race. This was extremely radical during this time, and while that’s the main point of this event, it also reveals that Jesus will go out of His way to love people on an individual basis.

Either as a class or in pairs have a go at this coded words activity which reviews key words from the scripture and will help us to better understand the revelation of Jesus as the Messiah.

Click on the link below to find the coded words. The first page will be blank and the second page will reveal the answers.

The-Woman-at-the-Well-Coded-Words

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Lord Jesus,

Help me to be humble, to ask questions,

to put my trust and faith in God,

so that I may grow in understanding and follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Wednesday of week 11 in Ordinary Time
or Saint Richard of Chichester, Bishop

LIVE ACT OF WORSHIP LED BY Miss Daniels, year 8 @ 8:45AM

 

Thursday of week 11 in Ordinary Time

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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.

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Lord help us to understand the good news of the Gospel.
Let us take your love into community and share it with others.
Give us the gift of understanding. That we may understand more about ourselves and of others.

Amen

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Thursday of week 11 in Ordinary Time

Leader/Young person: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we are going to hear Sunday’s Gospel, this week’s Gospel reflection is led by Miss Stapleton, a familiar face, who is now working at Trinity school!

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your great love and faithfulness. Thank You that we don’t have to strive to produce miracles. We just have to learn to trust You and let You plant us into the right circumstances in which our small seed of faith will be sufficient for You to work miracles.

Amen

Leader/Young person: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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