Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

19/2/24 – Week 19

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

We are once again going to be performing an Easter Production just after the Easter Holidays. If you are interested in getting involved (we need actors, singers, musicians, dancers, artists, readers and a background team!) then please come along to a meeting in RE2 on Monday 26th February at 1pm.

Day 1 – Head

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

Last Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. During this time of Lent we focus on the theme of forgiveness, so today we have a piece of scripture to help us reflect on this theme.

Elise from The Briars Team reads us today’s scripture!

Elise spoke about how if we choose to live life like Jesus then we can create a better world. Forgiveness was a large part of Jesus’ teachings, he spoke a lot about how we should forgive and not hold grudges, and how this can help the world. Reflect for a moment as we begin this new half term on where you can show forgiveness in your life, and how you could do so this week.

Take a moment to offer all that we have done to God, and to ask Him for forgiveness for the things that we have done wrong too. Together we join these prayers together as we say:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 2 – Heart

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

Here are some quick questions to see what you can remember from yesterdays scripture!

  1. Who read our scripture and where was she from?
  2. Which book of the Bible was the scripture from?
  3. What was mentioned about eyes in the scripture?

The theme of forgiveness runs throughout this time of Lent in the Church. Pope Francis, when speaking about forgiveness, said:

“Jesus’ message is clear: God forgives incalculably, exceeding all measure. This is how he is; He acts out of love, and gratuitously. … We cannot repay Him but, when we forgive a brother or a sister, we imitate Him.”

We are never able to repay Jesus and God for the sacrifice that was made at Easter on the cross, but forgiving others is a way for us to show them that we are listening to their teachings and living how they would want us to. There are many scriptures in the Bible that teach us about forgiveness, so we are going to test your knowledge to see how many you can remember!

In this scripture, we hear about two siblings and their Father. The scripture often has two names, which are the correct ones?

  • The Forgiving Father
  • The Prodigal Son
  • Forgiveness in Family
  • The Brother who Lost

There is a parable in Matthew’s Gospel called the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. Peter asks how many times he should forgive and Jesus says:

  • Seven Times
  • Seventy Seven Times
  • Seven Hundred and Seventy Times

God punishes Jonah for not doing what he asks, but then forgives him by sending a creature to save him. What creature it is?

  • Whale
  • Large Fish
  • Shark
  • Dolphin

The answers can be found at the end of Day 3! How many other scriptures can you think of that are about forgiveness? Bonus points for every correct one mentioned in the comments!

Take a moment to think about those scriptures and the message that they are trying to give us. Together we pray:

Dear Lord, we ask for your forgiveness for our sins just as you forgave so many in the scriptures. We know that in order to receive your forgiveness we must turn the other cheek and forgive those who have done us wrong. We ask for your support and guidance with this, now and forever, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 3 – Hands

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

Today we are going to have some quiet reflection time. Forgiveness can be hard, both to give and to ask to receive, and in order to do so we must give ourselves to God fully. The song we are going to listen to is about surrendering ourselves to Him, and once we do this we will hopefully find it easier to seek that forgiveness that we all need in our lives. Listen to the song and then spend a moment in quiet before ending with the prayer at the bottom.

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Quiz Answers:

  1. The Forgiving Father and the Prodigal Son
  2. Seventy Seven Times
  3. A large fish!

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9 Comments

  • We liked the analogies of the video and the concept of the video. We also discussed the concept of forgiveness, and that we should never try to correct other people before thinking about the mistakes we do.

  • Other Parables that mention Forgiveness:
    -Adam and Eve
    -The Woman brought before Jesus
    -Moses and the rock
    -Jacob and Esau
    -Jonah ,the stubborn prophet
    -Saul’s conversion

  • It was good to be able to have some space to reflect and ask forgiveness for anything we felt we have done wrong and take responsibility for these actions. we discussed how it can feel like we are starting the day on a fresh start.

  • this scripture tells us how we can seek forgiveness and how we should never be afraid to ask for a second chance and to be forgiven

  • The Prodigal Son is one of the many scriptures of forgiveness in the Bible, as well as the Unforgiving Servant.
    – The Crucifixion
    – Ephesians 4:32
    – Matthew 6:14
    – Colossians 3:13
    – Luke 6:37

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