Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

4/03/24 – Week 21

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.

This week we are looking at a piece of scripture called The Beatitudes. Today we are going to read the scripture rather than listen to it, because we want you to be able to look back and really focus on each of the statements.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

The word beatitude comes from the Latin word beatitudo, meaning blessedness. Eight times during the opening lines of Jesus’s Sermon, He repeats the phrase “blessed are.” The message that he is trying to get across with this blessing—or beatitudes—is simple, but it was the complete opposite of everything the spiritual leaders were teaching at the time.

Up to that point, the Jewish people had been raised on long lists of strict rules and regulations taught by the Scribes and Pharisees through the law of Moses. But no one had ever been able to fulfill all the requirements of the law and obtain complete holiness and righteousness. No. Not one. Yet, Jesus was taking these impossible laws, boiling them down to their truest essence, and then telling people that God would provide for them rather than judge them. He spoke to His audience as if these things were attainable (that means goals that are achievable) and theirs for the taking.

This was a big shift in thinking, and would have been very controversial at the time. Do you think these statements are controversial now? Discuss and let us know in the comments!

We end our time of prayer with the Our Father:

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.

Yesterday we looked at The Beatitudes scripture. Can you finish these Beatitude statements?

  1. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called…
  2. Blessed are those who mourn…
  3. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness…

The Bible Project explore the Beatitudes in a bit more detail so we are going to watch their explanation today. The video moves on after 4:30 so feel free to pause and finish in prayer at that point.

Hold in your heart the words of the Beatitudes. Take a moment to reflect on their meaning and pray to God. We join our prayer 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, 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.

This week we have been thinking about The Beatitudes. During Lent we are called to do three things: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Beatitudes help us see what we can do to accomplish these three things. We are going to pray a sort of examen today, a prayer where we reflect on our own lives and offer them up to God. You can either do it in silence or you can press play on the song below and then start. The person leading should read any parts in bold, and everyone should join in the other parts. After each question, spend a moment in silence before moving on.

Dear Father, you gave us your Son to show us how to live. Help us to be like Him and follow the teachings that He gave us. We pray together:

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, Amen.

Jesus said Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. How can we remember to be humble in our faith?

Jesus said Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Who do we turn to for comfort in difficult times?

Jesus said Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. How can we be more humble in our lives?

Jesus said Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Where are things unjust and unfair in the world at the moment?

Jesus said Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Do you always remember to show mercy and be forgiving in your own life?

Jesus said Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Do you show love and care to those around you?

Jesus said Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Do you work for peace or do you often cause disruption?

Jesus said Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. How can we help those who are persecuted?

Jesus, you taught us how to pray and listened to everyone who came to you,
with whatever pain or joy they had to share. We offer you now our thoughts and our prayers, and all that we do this day.

For these and all other concerns of our hearts, we say

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And now we pray as Jesus taught us, saying, 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, 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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  • “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.

    We discussed that this could be controversial to some people. Not only to non-believers, but the word meek means submissive. The world is sometimes seen to be ruled by dominant people, who are threatened by the idea of a higher power. Laws such as money often mean that people get better rewards, and this clashes with the idea of this beatitude.

  • We think the statements aren’t controversial on the whole but some can be taken that way. For example, people may interpret the first one to say that only poor people will get into heaven.

  • Today, we got 1/3 on the statements.

    After, we discussed how beatitudes are like the Israelites who are going to become the people of God.

  • We have learnt that we should follow the beatitudes if you want to enter the kingdom of Heaven. We also think that the statements were controversial because many people have different views.

  • we talked about the questions after the statements. for example who do we turn to for comfort. some of us said our mums, our friends, our parents. however some of us didn’t know who we would turn to. some of us also said we would turn to God and even sometimes our siblings. we would also turn to other family members such as cousins.

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