Reflecting on the Reading with Children – Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A White ‘
Welcome: Today we hear about Jesus praying for his friends and for us. He wanted us to be one, to be united in love, as closely as Jesus and God the Father are united in love. So, let’s think about how we can be more like that.
Opening prayer: God our Father, you sent your Son Jesus to show us how to love. Help us learn to work together in love, and to make the world a better place for everyone. Amen.
Gospel reflection: What do you remember about this reading?
Jesus was praying for his friends during his Last Supper with them, on the night before he died.
Jesus prayed to his Father, that his friends “may be one just as you and I are one.” What do you think he meant?
Jesus wanted his disciples to love one another, to be united with each other, to be together – just as closely as Jesus and God the Father are together.
Jesus prayed for us too. He wants us to be united, together, loving one another. What sort of things might we do if we are united?
We might spend time together. And be at peace with each other, listening to each other and helping each other. We would want what is best for the other person – loving one another as much as we love ourselves.
What do you love to have, or to do? Would you be able to help someone else enjoy the same?
Perhaps you have a favourite book and could read it to your little brother or sister. Perhaps you enjoy making music; you could invite a friend to do that with you over the phone or computer.
Do you have any other ideas?
How else could we come together with others at the moment? How else could we come together with others once we are allowed to meet our friends and family again?
In a special letter called Laudato Si’, Pope Francis asks all to join together to care for our earth and for each other. Last week was a very special week as this letter is five years old. Watch our animation to find out more about Laudato Si’:
What could you do in this special time after Easter to become more united – or ‘at one’ – with other people?
Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one, just as Jesus and God the Father are one. So, we pray together…
We pray for all world leaders: that they may learn to work together and make decisions that will make the world a more peaceful place. Lord, hear us…
We pray for people who are poor around the world: that they may feel supported by us as they work to improve life in their communities. Lord, hear us…
We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may love one another, and work together for the good of the earth and everyone who lives here. Lord, hear us…
Closing prayer: God of love, help us to be like Jesus, and make a real difference to the lives of our global family. Amen.
Remind the children that Jesus prayed for all of us. On the accompanying illustration of Jesus praying, ask them to draw pictures or write names in the thought bubble of themselves and some of the other people Jesus was praying for. You could suggest their families and friends, as well as our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
Discuss at home all that the children have heard and thought about in today’s liturgy. Encourage the children to spend time this week doing something that they really enjoy together with a family member or friend, either in person or online.
For more activities on Laudato Si’ that you could do with the children, visit cafod.org.uk/primary and go to the home learning page