Theme - Jesus the teacher
Gospel - The Beatitudes
(The Sermon on the Mount)
This weekend Jesus our brother and great teacher gives each
of us a blue print for good living in his Beatitudes. He tells
us we should be poor in spirit, living a humble life, gentle
in our dealings with Gods people, supportive to those who are
mourning a death, up hold the laws of God, showing love and
forgiveness, not following the evil one, not causing trouble
between families and friends, to help people who are unjustly
wronged and not to gossip and spread rumours about people.
On this Catechetical Sunday may we embrace the Beatitudes and
introduce them into our lives through the power of the Holy
This Sunday provides each family in the parish with an opportunity
to renew the great Irish tradition of family prayer in the home
because in the Baptismal ceremony we are told that parents are
the first teachers of their children in the ways of the faith
and also the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by
what they say and do in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
The teachers and priests in our Primary and Post- Primary schools
can only do so much in the education of our young people in
the Religion classes. Parents must get involved in order that
the message of God is taught, lived and prayed in the lives
of their children.
The Beatitudes provide us with such great renewal, prayerful
and good living material. Let us not waste what God gave us,
but accept it with open arms because "The family that prays
together stays together"
After eating together, the family might stay at the table and
pray using a candle, a Bible, a crucifix or a statue. A child
might light the candle, which represents Jesus Christ, the Light
of the World. An adult might lead the prayer using the following
or similar words:
Jesus said to his friends "Wherever two or three people
come together in my name, I am there with them" Jesus is
here with us today. He is the Light of the World.
Then recite the Rosary.
We teach by the way we live;
By forgiveness and understanding offered in times of hurt, by
compassion to another in any sort of trouble, by daily care
for the child and the elderly, by visiting the prisoner and
the lonely, by praying with sincerity and by doing the best
we can to live as Jesus lived.
He is the best of teachers of forgiveness, compassion, care
and prayer for all by his words, life and death. May we our
teaching be from the life of Jesus and our living reflect his
teachings. May all of us teach the word of Jesus by the way