Sharing the Good News
Call to Prayer:
We share our faith by our words, when we speak about what Jesus means to us. But perhaps more importantly, we communicate our faith through our actions. Each one of us has a role to play, as messengers of the Gospel to our world. People around us watch us. We want them to see us putting our faith into practice, in big ways and small ones… In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Good News. Help us to see you, to know you and to believe in you today and throughout our lives. May we open our hearts and continue to share the Good News with all we encounter. Help us to always know you are with us, guiding us to glory in our future. Lead us Lord to joy in the coming of your son, Jesus. Amen.
Scripture: The Harvest is Great, the Labourers Few (Matthew 9:35-38)
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Did your mom or dad ever tell you to clean your room? When you opened the door to clean your room, was it such a mess that you just didn't know what to do? Did you feel like giving up before you started? Well, one time, Jesus had so much to do that he almost felt as you do when your room is a real mess. Jesus had been out in the many villages in Israel and the crowds of people just kept getting bigger and bigger! More and more people were coming to hear Jesus talk about God's love and how God wants us all to care for each other. Now this is where the messy room comes in. When Jesus looked out at the huge crowds of people, he felt sorry for them. They were poor, and many were sick. Those who were sick thought God was mad at them (God wasn't mad). There were just too many people who needed help. Jesus hardly knew where to start! Jesus told his disciples they needed more disciples to be friends for others, to help them, to tell them about God's love, to make them well. Jesus said that he needed more people who loved God to help all of these poor people.
Prayers of the Faithful:
Response: Let us continue to spread the Good News
For the church: that it always be a living witness of the goodness of God. United in faith, we pray to the Lord…
For Refugees in Canada: may the Lord bring comfort, acceptance and love as they embark in a new chapter of their lives. United in faith, we pray to the Lord…
For Catholic education: that it continue to be a faithful and constant reminder of God's deep love for us. United in faith, we pray to the Lord…
For students across the province of Saskatchewan: that our united celebration of prayer this day strengthens the values and beliefs we share in common with our brothers and sisters. United in faith, we pray to the Lord…
For our staff and students: that we may be guided to learn and grow in our journey of faith. United in faith, we pray to the Lord…
How many people here know how to be a good friend? Think about someone you have seen maybe at Church or at school who seems alone and sad. Jesus needs you to help him by being a friend. People need food––maybe you can be the one to remind your family about the food bank. Talk with your parents about how you can help Jesus, because that's our job as Christians––we help Jesus!
Dear God, Thank you for our community of faith and for the educators who guide us through your teachings. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explore our faith, not only in school, but in our parish community. Through you, we are able to share the Good News. Oh Lord, we ask that you keep us in your thoughts and bring us closer to you through your teachings this Catholic Education Week. We make this prayer in your name. Amen.
SHARING THE GOOD NEWS
"I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here I am; send me!'" Isaiah 6:8
CALL TO PRAYER This week, we celebrated Catholic Education week with the theme of being joyful disciples of Christ. As Christians, we believe that the message about Jesus is truly Good News for all of the human family. This Good News has the power to renew and inspire us, and to transform our world for the better. But, in order for this Good News to touch and impact people, it first has to be shared. We share our faith by our words, when we speak about what Jesus means to us. But perhaps more importantly, we communicate our faith through our actions – by the choices we make and the priorities we pursue in our lives. Ultimately, the credibility of Christianity depends upon how we live out our beliefs. Each one of us has a vital role to play, as messengers of the gospel to our modern world. People around us watch us and we want them to see us putting our faith into practice, in big ways and small ones.
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. +
OPENING PRAYER Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of our faith and for your constant presence in our lives. Help us to be good ambassadors of your gospel, listening to others with respect and compassion, and sharing with them the Good News of your life, death and resurrection. May our words and actions radiate your love to others and invite them to know you and love you. Inspire us to be good witnesses of your message and to bring your light, hope and healing to all those who may be in need. Bless our School and bless our Catholic Education Week. We ask this, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. +
SCRIPTURE: Luke 24:13-35 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.
Now on that same day, two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?" They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?" He asked them, "What things?" They replied, "The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him." Then he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?" That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed and he has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayers of the Faithful Reflecting the Needs of Your School
CLOSING PRAYER Jesus, just as you accompanied the companions on the road to Emmaus, so you are with us, each and every day on our journeys. Speak your word of hope and inspiration to us, especially when we are discouraged, saddened or confused, and help us to discover the deeper meaning of the Emmaus story. Touch our tongues so that we may proclaim you to others in our conversations, and touch our lives so that we may witness faithfully to you by our daily actions. May the resurrected joy you place in our hearts strengthen us to share that joy with others, and to offer them your life-giving friendship. We praise you, Risen Lord, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.