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Children In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.
A Story about Lottie Moon who loved others:
The biscuits that I brought to share with you today are very special. These biscuits were made from a recipe that was used for many years by a special lady named Lottie Moon. Lottie Moon lived many years ago. She grew up in a Christian home and went to church and learned about Jesus and his love. Lottie had six brothers and sisters. One of her sisters was a missionary in China. Reading the letters her sister wrote helped Lottie to come to love the Chinese people and decide that she also wanted to be a missionary to China. Lottie went to college and studied to become a teacher then went to help her sister teach the children of China.
When she arrived in China, Lottie started a school and began to hold classes to teach boys and girls to read the Bible. At first, the Chinese children were afraid of Lottie. She tried to think of a way to get the children to trust her. She decided to bake some biscuits, but that didn’t work. You see, the children were afraid to eat the biscuits because they were afraid that they might have poison in them. One day, one of the boys was so hungry that he decided to try one of the biscuits. When he didn’t get sick, the other children decided to try them too. Soon, Lottie became known as “the cookie lady.” After the children ate the biscuits, they would talk with Lottie, hear Bible stories and learn to read.
Why do you think Lottie loved the Chinese children so much? I think it was because she believed and put into practice what Jesus taught his disciples. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” How much did Jesus love us? He loved us so much that he gave his life for us. Lottie loved the children of China so much that she dedicated her life to teaching them how to read and write. And, even more important, she taught them about Jesus and his love.
Jesus loves you too — and he wants you to love others as he loved you. How can you show the love of Jesus to other people? Maybe you could bake biscuits for a someone who is sad or lonely. Maybe you could be a friend to a new student at school who doesn’t know anyone. You could go to visit and pray for someone who is sick. There are a lot of ways to show people that you love them.
God wants all of us to be missionaries — like Lottie Moon — but you don’t have to go to China to be a missionary. You can be a missionary right where you live! In fact, I think that is what God wants us to do.
Closing prayer: Dear Father, we are thankful for people like Lottie Moon who show the love of Jesus in their daily life. Help us to show the love of Jesus by loving one another. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Andrew Olive, Headteacher
(Father Marcin and I have agreed that it would be good if the parish knew a little more about what is happening in school and the school community had the benefit of Fr Marcin’s thoughts on the week’s Gospel:)
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me: no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. What I command you is to love one another.’
In family life, we have many opportunities to show love in action. Each time we postpone a task to tend to the needs of another, we show ourselves to be on the path to following the example of love shown to us by Jesus. Sometimes the sacrifices we are called upon to make for others are small. But these small choices to love and to serve others prepare us for the larger choices and sacrifices that we may be called upon to make. If we are people who have practiced showing our love for others with generosity, we will also be people who are willing to lay down our lives for those we love.
As you gather as a family, talk about the meaning of the word generosity. Ask each family member to describe an action that shows generosity. To be generous is to give freely to others without counting the cost. Recall that generosity is one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Introduce today’s Gospel reading by saying that Jesus taught us to be generous in showing our love for one another. Read together today’s Gospel, John 15:9-17. What examples did Jesus give to us that show this kind of love? (washing his disciples’ feet; accepting death on the cross) Jesus helps us to show this kind of love to others. In today’s Gospel, Jesus promised that God will give us whatever we ask for. One of the things we can ask for from God is a generous spirit so that we can love others as Jesus did. Conclude in prayer together by praying Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Prayer for Generosity.