“The newness which God brings into our life is something that gives true joy” Pope Francis
Bl3 have been thinking about the special words that Pope Francis said. They have been thinking about the way the new year presents an opportunity for them to make a new start. In class, the children created a New Years resolution and decided together that they would like to display their promises in the shape of the number ‘2020’.
They also created their own prayers in groups. Here are some of Year 3’s 2020 prayers.
In 2020 help me to follow my virtues and help me to follow the Golden Rules.
Please help me to be kind with my heart and to be friendly to others.
God help me to not get angry or upset so I can make everyone happy and make a better world for everyone.
Please forgive all the sins that I committed in 2019 and please help me to love one another as you have and to be a child of the light.
As I travel through 2020, help me to forgive others.
Help me to love others.
Please help me to follow the Golden Rules.
Please help me to be kind throughout the year.
As I travel through 2020, I promise to be grateful and caring for others.
I want to help God by being loving.
Please help me to be better at being hopeful.
Through my journey in 2020 I want to be kind.
During our learning in Come and See this week we have discussed the feelings, emotions and questions that would have occurred to the people involved in the birth of Jesus.
We thought about questions that may have been pondered by the Shepherds using a HOTS grid. Here are some examples:
How did you travel to Bethlehem?
Who did you meet on your way to see the New Born King?
What did you feel when you saw Jesus?
When did you realise this was an important message from God?
Where have you come from?
Some of us also looked at images of the Nativity and discussed how Mary and Joseph would have felt.
Here are some examples of our discussion:
I think Mary would have felt full of joy and hopeful because she had just given birth to the New Born King.
I think Joseph may have felt proud. He would’ve felt proud because Mary and Joseph are doing a special job for God.
The Annunciation and Visitation
Christ the King Feast Liturgy. In year 3 we reflected on the meaning behind the Christ the King feast by carrying out a liturgy.
Welcome: Today we hear how Jesus is laughed at while on the cross and how two thieves have different things to say to him while they also are on the cross.
Opening prayer: O Lord Jesus Christ, our King and Saviour, may we never forget your love for each one of us. We praise you always. Amen.
First reading (optional): Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm: Psalm 121:1-5. R. Cf. v.2
Gospel acclamation: everyone stands and sings the acclamation together. Suggestions include: ‘Halle, halle, halle’ (Caribbean) from ‘Sing With the World’, Alison Adam & John Bell; ‘Alleluia’ (Zimbabwe), Abraham Maraire Publications, WCC & GIA; ‘Celtic Alleluia’ (traditional); ‘Alleluia! Raise the Gospel’ from ‘Go Before Us’, Bernadette Farrell, OCP Publications.
Gospel: Luke 23:35-43
5The people stood there watching. The leaders made fun of Jesus. They said, “If he is God’s Chosen One, the Christ, then let him save himself. He saved other people, didn’t he?”
36Even the soldiers made fun of him. They came to Jesus and offered him some vinegar. 37They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” 38(At the top of the cross these words were written: “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”)
39One of the criminals began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Christ? Then save yourself! And save us too!”
40But the other criminal stopped him. He said, “You should fear God! You are getting the same punishment as he is. 41We are punished justly; we should die. But this man has done nothing wrong!” 42Then this criminal said to Jesus, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!”
43Then Jesus said to him, “Listen! What I say is true: Today you will be with me in paradise!”
Gospel reflection: What do you remember from today's reading?
In today's gospel we read how Jesus is put to death on a cross and how he is laughed at and made fun of.
Can you imagine what it must have been like in front of all those people, to be in pain and to be laughed at? How do you think Jesus felt?
The crowds can't understand why Jesus, the Son of God, can’t save himself. They are very confused. To them a king is someone who has power, money, land and who dresses in expensive clothes - not someone who ends up on a cross with a crown of thorns on his head. Kings are powerful, not like Jesus who seems helpless and is about to die. Yet we know that this was part of God's plan - Jesus had to die so that we are saved.
There were two thieves on either side of Jesus, both on crosses as well.
What did they say to Jesus?
The first thief couldn't understand why Jesus didn’t try to save himself and prove that he was the Son of God by coming off the cross. He thought Jesus should try to save the thieves as well.
The second thief tells the first off for being so rude to Jesus. He knows Jesus is innocent and doesn't deserve to die when he hasn't done anything wrong. This thief asks only to be remembered by Jesus. Jesus sees that the second thief is sorry for what he has done and so Jesus promises not just to remember the second thief but to give him peace and forgiveness in heaven.
What does this show us about Jesus in our lives?
When we feel powerless Jesus is right there with us. Jesus turns bad things into something better and stronger. The second thief knew this and we can believe it too.
How does this help all people who feel powerless to change their lives and who are treated badly by other people?
Jesus gives us hope as we know that he rose again three days later. Anything is possible with God.
What does this tell us about the kind of king that Jesus is?
Jesus was indeed a king. And not just any king but the "King of Kings" because who else could rise again from the dead? Power, money, possessions and expensive clothes are not as special as new life.
Jesus came to serve others and so sometimes he is called the servant king. Jesus is the king of love, justice, peace and forgiveness.
We are also called to help and to serve one another: in our homes, in our community and in the world around us.
This week, when things are difficult, remember that God is always with you. And when you see that things are difficult for others, perhaps you can try to do all that you can to help and serve them, so they know that they are not alone and forgotten either.
Intercessions You may want to ask the children to offer their own prayers or
you can use the suggestions below.
Let us pray to Christ our King together:
We pray for the Church: that it may follow the example of Christ, serving others at all times. Lord in your mercy...
We pray for our brothers and sisters in every country: that we may always remember them, and pray and work for change so all people may live free from poverty. Lord in your mercy...
We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may remember that God is with us in the hardest times and help and serve each other when things are difficult. Lord in your mercy...
Closing prayer: O King of Kings, you died so that we might have life. Help us to serve one another and to be there for each other in the most difficult times. Amen.