Welcome back year 10 and 12!

The word of the week is Understanding! Knowledge is one thing, but unless we understand it we can’t use it to make the world a better place. Understanding helps us take our knowledge and apply it to our lives. Think this week about how you could be more understanding. How could you empathise and really understand what your friends and family are thinking or feeling? It often involves making an effort and really listening. How can you better understand the consequences of your decisions and actions this week?

As we take our first steps to reconnect with the world around us, a very different world (with 2 meters distance!) let us make the most of the opportunity we have in our school community to grow in knowledge, wisdom and faith.

At the Becket School, Christ is at the centre of everything we do and that’s why it is important that we start our day in prayer, knowing that God is with us always.

Hope you have a good week, it’s great to have you back!

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

The past three months have been very challenging for many of us for lots of reasons! However one thing this time has given us is a greater appreciation of our community- the people we love and the people we have missed having the freedom of seeing whenever we want.

During lockdown over 65 churches and Christian movements came together virtually to show that even though we could not meet physically, we are still very much a Church, united in our faith.

We invite you to watch the video below and as you do, reflect on and pray for the communities you are apart of and have missed during the last three months.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the amazing community and school we are so fortunate to be a part of.

May we work hard and make the most of our opportunities in school to learn and grow.

May we be kind and look out for our peers and staff during this challenging time.

We pray that those staff and students who are not with us today are safe and have hope.

Amen.

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Many of you will have seen a lot in the news and on social media about George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and the racial injustice that continues to happen across the world.

We mourn the fact that so many lives are not treated with dignity and justice.

As Christians it is important to remember that Jesus’ teachings of love and compassion to our neighbours are at the heart of everything we do.

Jesus was no stranger to bringing justice to the oppressed. Even in Jesus’ time people were treated differently because of the way they looked, the colour of their skin, where they came from or their religion.

The way that Jesus loved everyone inspires us as a Christian community to be the face of Christ each day.

God specifically made us all different and unique but designed to work together. We hear about this in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians…

Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts.

If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.

All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it. 

 1 Corinthians 12, 26-27

There is only one race in the world – the human race and that’s the way God made us.

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Spend some time thinking about the people who are suffering at the moment and need God’s healing.  

Dear Lord,

We pray for all those who have died, suffered and continue to suffer from racial injustice.

We pray for peace in our world, that this world may be a safe and dignifying home for every life.

Give us the strength and courage to seek justice and always do what is right and not just what is easy.

Through learning, loving, forgiving and understanding, may we seek to bring about change in the world to make it a better place.

Amen.

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

For our full liturgy and resources in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement visit the link below:

Do everything in love

 

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Today we celebrate the Birthday of Saint John the Baptist! In the Catholic Church we call this a ‘solemnity’. Solemnities are some of the most important feasts celebrated in the Church.

Whilst some saints are remembered with feast days to remember their deaths, St. John the Baptist, (like Our Lady), is honored with a solemnity to remember both his birth and his death.

St John the Baptist is a significant figure in the four Gospels. When he was 30 years old he began preaching to large crowds on the banks of the river Jordan, he encouraged people to prepare the way for the real Messiah- Jesus and baptised people in the river to cleanse them from their sins.

Spend a moment thinking about how you share your faith with the people around you.

Your mission this week is to put your faith into action in a way that you haven’t in a while, you might…

Read and study some scripture

Share a prayer or piece of scripture with someone who needs it

Have a discussion with your family about faith or some scripture

Spend some time in prayer

Raise awareness for a charity close to your heart

Write a letter of thanks to someone you are grateful for or to someone who is lonely

Let us pray…

Dear Lord,

We ask for wisdom and understanding so that we may hear and fulfill your call.

Help us to be courageous like St John the Baptist was, who shared the Word of God and his faith with the people he met.

Help us to repent for our sins so that we can have a clean start with God.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Understanding is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and is essentially paired with wisdom. Knowledge is one thing, but unless we understand it we can’t use it to make the world a better place. Understanding helps us take our knowledge and apply it to our lives.

How can we practice “understanding?”

We can become more understanding by asking the big questions.

We can take time to listen to the scriptures.

We can make time to study the scriptures – what do you think they are trying to tell us? How do they relate to our everyday life?

We can ask questions in our lessons.

In Matthew’s Gospel there is a famous piece of scripture when the disciples ask Jesus “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”

 So Jesus called a child to come and stand in front of them,  and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.  And whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me.

Matthew 18:2-5

During Jesus’ time, children were given little attention or importance. But like the many people who were outcasts or treated badly during this time, Jesus gave time, love and care. Jesus teaches us to be child like because children are precious, honest and curious.

Jesus doesn’t mean to be childish but encourages us to be childlike by asking questions and taking care in learning because it helps us have a greater understanding of the world and God’s plan.

Let us pray…

Dear Lord,

Help me to be humble,

to ask questions,

to put my trust and faith in God,

so that I may grow in understanding.

Amen.

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

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