Prayer and Reflection
in your hands you hold the depths of the earth and the heights of the mountains,
for all creation belongs to you.
Grant us grace to cherish your world and wisdom to nurture its resources.
Save us from the desire to control what is not ours and the impulse to possess what is not ours
and the impulse to possess what is there to share. Amen.
For many people, some places in the world are special. For others the whole world is special. We all feel a need to look after what is special to us. Sometimes it is easy to explain why things are special. At other times it might be difficult to put into words why something is special.
What are your special places and why?
Can you recall an occasion when you were hurt or angry by the way your special place was treated by others?
Why were you hurt or angry?
What did you do?
Do you know any groups who campaign because of the way people or our world are being treated today?
Word of God – Scripture
“See, the body is one, even if formed by many members, but not
all of them with the same function. The same with us; being many, we are one body in Christ, depending on one another. Let each one of us, therefore, serve according to our different gifts. Do you have prophecy? Let the deacon fulfil his office; let
the teacher teach, the one who encourages, convince. You must, likewise, give with an open hand, preside with dedication, and be cheerful in your works of charity. Let love be sincere. Hate what is evil and hold to whatever is good. Regarding brotherly love, have love for one another. Regarding respect, judge others as more worthy. Regarding your duties, do not be lazy.
Be fervent in the Spirit and serve God.” (Romans 12:4-11)
Ordinary people who do extraordinary things
The communion of saints: showing people what God is like
Christians are invited to be saints
Oscar Romero – a recent martyr showing us what God is like
An ordinary person showing us what God is like
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - living out what she believed
Martin Luther King - showing the love of Jesus in his life and actions
Remembering, celebrating and responding to ordinary people who do extraordinary things and different saints who show us what God is like