St Therese of Lisieux

St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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 Fifth Sunday of Easter

Welcome:Today Jesus has a very important message for his disciples, and for all who believe in him. Jesus asks us to love one another as he loves us. Let’s think about how we can do that today.

Opening prayer: God of hope, you sent your Son Jesus to teach us how to love one another. Help us to follow his example and to love all our brothers and sisters around the world. Amen.  

Gospel: John 13:31-35 

After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man's glory is revealed; now God's glory is revealed through him. And if God's glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’ And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

Reflection:

Jesus tells his disciples that he will not be with them for much longer and he tells them how he’d like them to behave. Can you remember what he told them to do? 

Jesus told the disciples to love one another, just as he had loved them.  

What do you think this means? How did Jesus show his love for people? 

Jesus spent time with people, especially those who were sick, lonely, frightened or poor. He listened to them and ate with them. He healed them and he helped them to change their lives for the better.  

So do you think this message to love other people was just for the disciples? What do you think Jesus wants us to do? 

 

Jesus asks us all to love one another as he loves us. What will you do to show your love for others this week? 

 

Intercessions

We pray together to the God who loves us: 

We pray for world leaders: that they may follow Jesus’s example and show special care for people who are poor, sick, alone or afraid. Lord, in your mercy…  

We pray for all children around the world: that they may be loved and cared for and have hope for the future. Lord, in your mercy…  

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may love one another as Jesus loves us. Lord, in your mercy…  

Closing prayer: Loving God, fill us with your love and help us to share this love with others, especially with those who are poor, sick, lonely or frightened. Amen. 

Mission: Try to do at least one thing in the next week to show love for others.  

Liturgy from Cafod - https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy)