Adapted from: https://www.ocsta.on.ca/project/nurturing-hope-cultiver-lesperance/
Call to prayer:
As we gather together to celebrate the importance of Cultivating Relationships and to reflect upon on how to repair those relationships that are fractured, let us ask for God's blessing to be mindful that now more than ever, we are called as Catholics to stand up and speak out against inequity, injustice, and hatred in all forms and that "silence is not an option."
Let us begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord Jesus, Master Teacher and Saviour,
Please enable us to deeply reflect upon the impact and the importance of the Golden Rule: "In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you." Help us to accept, include, and serve one another with love; to celebrate our diversity; to give us the courage to speak out and speak up against injustice, inequity and hatred in all forms; to open our hearts and minds to cultivate new relationships, and to do our part to repair those that are fractured. Lord Jesus, guide us to lead like you through your scripture and your teachings, and nurture us to remain hopeful, now and always. For this, we ask your blessings.
Our theme today is cultivating relationships. This theme reminds us of the importance of loving our neighbours. Listen to these words from the Bible.
Scripture(Matthew 5:1-2 … 7:12)
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Response: Glory to you, O Lord.
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying… "In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you, for this is the law and the prophets."
The Gospel of the Lord. Response: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us think of the words the Jesus spoke to us. He said, "In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you." You may have heard this before as we sometimes call this the golden rule. The golden rule is a way of living. Almost every religion in the world has a golden rule. The golden rule explains that we should treat others in the way we would like them to treat us.
In another part of the Gospels, Jesus gave a very interesting parable call the Good Samaritan and where he asks the people hearing it this question; "Who is my neighbor?" In his teachings, Jesus goes on to explain that our neighbor is anyone we find in need in our world. We are asked to treat others in our world with dignity, with equality, and with love. This is the world that Jesus wants us to live in and so it is up to us to work for justice and dignity for all people in our world.
So what can you do today? Make sure that all your actions towards other show love and if you see somebody who's being treated unfairly speak up and help them. For when we do this, we follow the greatest commandment that Jesus gave us; to love God and to love each other.
Lord, Father of our human family,
You created all human beings equal in dignity: pour forth into our hearts a spirit that desires dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war. May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth. May we recognize the goodness and beauty that you have sown in each of us, and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects, and shared dreams.
Amen. In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Call to Action
Today our theme is all about cultivating relationships. We see the value in relationships, not only in our own happiness, but that it can help make our world a better place. If we all work together to improve relationships that bring justice, peace, and happiness to others, then our world will be a better place.
Our call to action today is to look at our world from a relationship lens and ask, "Is there a way I can improve this relationship?" Perhaps you're involved in a dispute or a disagreement, ask yourself, "Is there a way that I can help to make this situation better?" Maybe you were looking at our world and the way people are treated in our world and ask, "Is there a way that I can help so that all people are treated with dignity and equality?"
Our call to action will be to follow the greatest commandment, which asks us to love God and each other.
Appel à la prière/ Thème pour la journée: Cultiver nos relations
Alors que nous nous réunissons pour célébrer l'importance de cultiver les relations et réfléchir à la façon de réparer ces relations qui sont fracturées, demandons la bénédiction de Dieu pour être conscients que maintenant plus que jamais, nous sommes appelés en tant que catholiques à nous lever et à parler contre l'iniquité, l'injustice et la haine sous toutes ses formes et que «le silence n'est pas une option». (Pat Daly, Director, HCDSB)
Commençons avec le signe de la croix: Au nom du Père, du Fils et du Saint-Esprit. Amen.
La prière de la journée:
Seigneur Jésus, maître enseignant et sauveur,
Permettez-nous de réfléchir profondément à l'impact et à l'importance de la règle d'or: «En tout, faites aux autres comme vous voudriez qu'ils vous fassent.» Aidez-nous à nous accepter, nous inclure et nous servir les uns les autres avec amour; pour célébrer notre diversité; pour nous donner le courage de parler et de dénoncer l'injustice, l'iniquité et la haine sous toutes ses formes; ouvrir nos cœurs et nos esprits pour cultiver de nouvelles relations et faire notre part pour réparer ceux qui sont fracturés. Seigneur Jésus, guide-nous à servir comme toi à travers tes écritures et tes enseignements, et encourage-nous à garder espoir, maintenant et toujours. Pour cela, nous demandons vos bénédictions.