Our Lady of Lourds

St Norbert's
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Twenty Seventh Sunday Ordinary Time (Year C)

Welcome: Today Jesus tells us how powerful faith is. How, if we have faith we can do anything we want to, even if at first it seems impossible. Let’s think some more about this now.

Opening prayer: God of light, help us to see that even with the smallest amount of faith, we can do anything you ask of us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gospel: Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Make our faith greater.”

The Lord answered, “If you had faith as big as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Pull yourself up by the roots and plant yourself in the sea!’ and it would obey you.

“Suppose one of you has a servant who is ploughing or looking after the sheep. When he comes in from the field, do you tell him to hurry and eat his meal? Of course not! Instead, you say to him, ‘Get my supper ready, then put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may have your meal.’ The servant does not deserve thanks for obeying orders, does he? It is the same with you; when you have done all you have been told to do, say, ‘We are ordinary servants; we have only done our duty.’”

Gospel reflection: 

 

Today the disciples ask Jesus to give them more faith.

 

Jesus says that even if they had faith like a mustard seed they could tell a mulberry tree to move from where it is in the ground and plant itself in the sea.

 

What do you think Jesus was trying to say here? How big is a mustard seed?

 

Is it easy to get a tree to move itself into the sea?

 

A mustard seed is really tiny. So, Jesus is saying that even if we only have a small amount of faith we can do amazing things. Even if we can’t move trees we might be able to make big changes to the world around us.

 

When we look at the world we can see that it is not very fair. What do you think is unfair in our world? How does this make you feel?

 

It is getting harder for families here and around the world to get the food that they need. In fact, nearly one in three people around the world do not have enough safe and healthy food all year round.

 

There are many reasons for this. The climate crisis, COVID and the conflict in Ukraine. These problems often have the worst effects for some of our poorest brothers and sisters around the world.

 

 

We all have times when things are really difficult. It can be hard to keep our faith in God at these times. Even the disciples had moments when they did not think that they had enough faith.

 

Yet this reading gives us hope – that even if we just have a tiny little bit of faith, with God’s help, we can make real changes to the world around us.

 

What changes do you think you could make in our world?

 

If we have more than we need, we can share what we have with others.

We can ask world leaders to make a change so that the world is a fairer place for all people.

And we can pray for a world where food is grown and shared fairly.

Intercessions

We know that everything is possible with faith and God’s help, and so we pray together:

We pray for world leaders: that they may see that real change is possible and act to make the world a fairer place for everyone to live. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for all people throughout the world who do not have enough food or water: that they may have hope, faith and the support that they need, as they work to change their lives for the better. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may have the faith and courage to try to make a real difference to our world so that it becomes a fairer place for all. Lord, in your mercy…

Closing prayer: God of life, give us the courage to try to make a change to our world, no matter how small, and the faith to know that with you all things are possible. Amen.

This week’s Mission:

Try and do one thing this week to make a difference to someone else or to make a change to the world around you. 

(Gospel Worship taken from Cafod - https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy