30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 22: 34-40
Living Faith gives students an opportunity to engage in a short Liturgy of the Word, reflecting on the Sunday Gospel.
Living Faith Sways for Primary, Secondary and Family.
Living Faith PDFs for Primary, Secondary and Family.
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Praying with Icons
Choose a space in the classroom or in the grounds where you can move away from the busyness of work. Choose an icon, it could be a picture, statue or cross. A tenderness icon could be a picture of Mary and her child Jesus. These icons vividly remind us that love is at the core of life, and that to follow Christ and to revere his mother inevitable draws us toward the source of love and mercy.
Pray in stillness and silence.
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Discuss modelling good behaviours through actions. Have students share during prayer, behaviours and actions that are “God-like”: what did Jesus do and say to model for us the things (ways) of God?
Read the Fruit of the Spirit from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians: (5: 22-23; 25)
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Students can then pray for the help to be like Jesus in their lives, and so giving to God what is God’s. e.g. Help me not to be judgemental today, but to accept people for what they are.”
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Saints Simon and Jude.
Saints Simon and Jude are traditionally known as two of the twelve apostles called by Jesus. Jude was known as a “brother” of Jesus and one of the letters of the New Testament is named for him, but it is unlikely that he is its author. St Jude is also known as the saint to pray for intercession with God when faced with a hopeless situation. Simon was named the Zealot for his rigid adherence to the Jewish and Canaanite law. Western tradition it is believed that he preached in Egypt and then travelled with St. Jude, where both were killed rather than deny their faith in Jesus. Today in your prayer, reflect on what that might mean for followers of Jesus today. This would not mean death for adhering to one's faith but it would take an enormous commitment and strength in the face of adversities. End your two minutes silent reflection with the well-known prayer of people who seek strength:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.
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Praying the News
Either bring a news item, or have students share items of news they have heard of this week. Model a prayer of intercession or petition for one of the events and then invite students to use that same formula to add their prayers for people and the world; e.g. We pray for the people of Syria, who daily suffer bombardment and terror. That leaders of the world will act quickly to relieve their suffering. Lord hear us....
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Lead students through a meditative prayer practice named for your year level in the P-12 Religion Curriculum. If appropriate, use symbols and images to help them to remain still and silent: e.g. Light a candle; play soft music; find a quiet green space to pray. Ordinary Time is about living the Christian life day to day. At the end of meditation, have students think of one thing they could do today to be the face of Christ to others and share it with the group if appropriate.
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