Our music resource, video and scripture are teaching us how we should treat each other. By showing love and respect to our family across the world, each and every person, we are following the teachings of Jesus.
Our picture resource and our action will get us thinking about whether the way our world gives out Justice is actually fair for everyone and whether it shows the love that Jesus taught us to share.
We must understand that all people are different but as we are each made in God’s own image the way that we treat others is also how we are treating God. If we give to others we are giving to God, if we show mercy we are showing love to God.
Throughout the week think about your own actions and how they affect people in your local community and across the globe. How can you work towards good for everyone?
Click here for the Music Resource
This week’s song is reflecting on the World Cup and the good that it has brought throughout the last month.
This song talks about the good that football, sports and working together as one family can bring.
football/soccer expression referring to an awesomely amazing goal.
This term is used by spanish speakers all around the world.
Although the world has been football crazy for the last month what football is all about is working as a team to enjoy a sport and to have a good and fair game.
It is the same for us in our lives. We are trying to work with others to enjoy a good and fair life.
As it says in the book of Micah:
No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.
(Micah 6: 8)
How can you do what is just, how can you show constant love and how can you live humbly with God?
Make a promise to do something awesomely amazing that will do good in your life and in the life of others. Try hard to keep this promise in these last few weeks and days of the school term.
Make this your goal, your golazo!
Click here for the Picture Resource
What do you think it represents?
What are three key details about the statue?
The name of this statue is Lady Justice.
The statute represents justice and it can be found outside of many important buildings where decisions on justice are made.
The three key features are:
1. The Sword
2. The Scales
3. The Blindfold
Then share them with your Class.
This means that Justice should be available for both sides.
Do you think this always happens?
Then share them with your Class.
Do you think everyone has a fair chance of telling their side of the story?
Do you think justice should be measured on scales or is there a better way?
Then share them with your Class.
Lady Justice is said to wear a blindfold because she is objective and impartial. This means that she makes decisions on justice based on the facts only, she does not consider how rich or poor someone is, she does not consider whether someone is a man or a woman, she does not consider their age, the colour of their skin or their religious beliefs.
Do you think this happens?
Do you think this is right? Should the circumstances and the situation that people live in be considered?
Do you think it works?
Is it right?
How can you bring true justice in your life? How can you make things better?
Click here for the Action
This week’s action is designed to get us thinking about what Justice means.
In this video we join Aladdin and Abu just after they have stolen some bread from a market stall.
- Aladdin and Abu
- The market stall holder whose bread was stolen
- The guards
- The local people in that area
- Judges who decides what sentence they will receive if they are caught
Think about the perspective and opinion of the people that you are representing:
- How does your character feel about what has happened?
- What is important for them?
- Do they care what other people are going through and what other people think?
- What do they think about the way justice is carried out? What do they think justice is?
You might find some of these lines useful as you prepare the points in your arguments:
“All this for a loaf of bread?”
You could also use these pieces of scripture in your arguments for your character:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed
and announce that the time has come
when the Lord will save his people.”
(Luke 4: 18-19)
Jesus said this to his followers:
“Happy are those who are merciful to others;
God will be merciful to them!”
(Matthew 5: 7)
“Happy are those who work for peace;
God will call them his children!”
(Matthew 5: 9)
I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink;
‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty?’
‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’
Once everyone has a had a chance to speak you could try to come up with ways to argue against the things that the other characters have said if they are different to what your character wants and thinks.
Does everyone receive justice?
Is the way that justice works right?
Are people treated fairly in the world that you live in?
What do you think is the best way to achieve justice and fairness for everyone in our world today?
We ask that everyone is respected and treated fairly.
We pray for those who are in situations where they cannot afford to eat. We pray that we will find ways to help them as you have asked us to do.
Click here for the Video Resource
Thinking about the common good means thinking about what is good for more than just ourselves, we must consider the good of others.
How did the person in the video change?
What do you think respect is?
Why is respect important?
At the end of the video the person is able to share respect with others and that brings him closer to God.
Respect is what Luke’s Gospel is talking about when it says:
Do for others just what you want them to do for you.
Help those people in the world who are not given the respect that they deserve.
Click here for the Scripture Resource
This week’s Scripture is from Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus teaches us that in order to love God we must show love to each other.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
(Glory to you O Lord)
“When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’
The Gospel of the Lord
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ)
This Gospel reading explains that when we do good and help others we are doing what Jesus has asked us to do and we are helping God.
We are all God’s people and we are made in God’s own image so we must always try to do God’s work by doing good to others.
These children focus on the line of the scripture that says:
…I was a stranger and you received me in your homes…
(Matthew 25: 35)
Choose your own line of the scripture and create a role play to show how you could do as Jesus asked and help others in need.
You could film your role plays to share with other Classes or to create a guide on how to do good to others.