Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

26/2/24 – Week 20

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.

Today Kieran reads our scripture to us. We hear a reading from John’s Gospel, one that you may have heard before, about Jesus in the temple. Kieran explores this in a bit more detail.

Take a moment to reflect on the questions that Kieran asked at the end of the video, and pray to God for support and guidance. End your time of prayer with the Glory be as below:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, 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 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.

Yesterday we explored some scripture through a video with Kieran, what can you remember about it?

  1. Which book in the Bible was the passage from?
  2. How long did Jesus say it would take him to rebuild the temple?
  3. What temple was Jesus talking about in the scripture?

Interestingly, Jesus driving the market out of the temple is found in all four of the Gospels in the Bible. This is incredibly unusual, for a scripture to be in all four. The story of Jesus’ birth, for example, is only in two of them! Having said that, it is actually thought that the version that we heard from John’s Gospel happened at a different time to the others which are believed to have happened in Holy Week.

In the passage, John uses the term “the Jews” to refer to the scribes and other religious leaders. Since Jesus had just disrupted their business and caused a scene, they were right to question Him. In doing so, they challenged Him (John 1:18) to perform a miracle. This was the sign of a prophet, and would have demonstrated that Jesus’ words were actually from God. This is precisely why John refers to Jesus’ miracles as “signs,” because they were meant to prove that Jesus was the Son of God. And yet, Jesus will point out later, that even miracles don’t matter to someone who is completely unwilling to believe in God.

So, instead of responding with fireworks, Jesus makes a claim which almost nobody understands at first. The temple in Jerusalem had taken nearly fifty years to build. It was the most important place in Jewish society and work on this particular temple had been nearly constant since around 20 BC. So, when Jesus claimed that He could rebuild a destroyed temple in only three days, they assumed He was crazy. However, Jesus’ reference was to His future death and resurrection. After He is crucified, that connection will be clear to the disciples.

Take a moment to reflect. If you went to Church and saw that there was a market in the middle, that there were animals and goods that had nothing to do with Church or faith, how do you think you would react? Can you understand Jesus’ reaction?

We take time now to give glory to God for all that he gives us and does for us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, 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 hear from Fr Mike Schmidt. Often the scripture passage that we heard on day one is used to remind us of the fact that Jesus was fully human and felt emotions just like us. Fr Mike explores how the reality of people in the Bible is that they are just like us, fully human and not always perfect.

Take a moment in prayer to reflect on if you were someone in the Bible. If people read your story, where would be your mistakes? How can you correct them and show that you have learnt from them and listened to God? When are times you haven’t shown that love that Jesus tells us is the most important part of our faith? Ask God for His support and guidance in trying to be the best version of yourself that you can this Lent and beyond.

Mary knew that she was not perfect, but she chose to say yes to God. We ask for her intercession as we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, 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.

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  • we talked about the things that people might struggle with forgiving people or with emotions, mental health and organisation. we can solve these problems by trying to be more patient with ourselves and others and that we need to tolerate what people do.

  • We discussed that if the Church we went to had turned into a place that sells goods etc we would feel disappointed and a little confused.

  • We should try reflecting more about God and the Gospels it made the class have a deep thought about Jesus, and become closer to God and appreciate him, and what he does for us.

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