St Therese of Lisieux

St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A): Led by Mrs.Withers




Today we hear how something special happened to Jesus after his baptism. The Holy Spirit came down and rested on him. We are going to think about the Holy Spirit and how it can help us to do what is right.


God of light, you sent the Spirit down upon your Son so that others might know who he was. Send your Spirit on us, so that we might spread your message of love and peace to others. Amen.


Gospel Reading : John 1:29-34


The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’ I did not know who he would be, but I came baptizing with water in order to make him known to the people of Israel.”


And John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and stay on him. I still did not know that he was the one, but God, who sent me to baptize with water, had said to me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and stay on a man; he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen it,” said John, “and I tell you that he is the Son of God.”


Gospel reflection:


John tells us how he saw the Holy Spirit come like a dove to rest on Jesus. Because of this John believed that Jesus was the Son of God. A dove is one way that the Holy Spirit shows itself, but most of the time the Spirit is invisible. We cannot see it. We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptised and the Spirit stays with us all through our lives, helping us to do things that are difficult.


The Holy Spirit can help us to take care of the world that God has given to us. Can you think of ways that we can do that?


The Holy Spirit can help us to be kind and generous and brave and to work together with others to make the world a better place for all people. Can you think of ways that we can do this?


What could you do this week so that other people can see the Holy Spirit working through you?




This week you have been challenged to write on a piece of paper how the Holy Spirit will work through you. This paper will then be folded to make a Dove’s wings. The Doves will rest upon our class prayer tables until Wednesday and then be displayed in our entrance hall. I cannot wait to see and bear witness to your wonderful ideas.