Season of the Spirit Week 4: Care for the Homeless (10 June)

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29 May 2018

HOW WILL WE CARE FOR THE HOMELESS AS A COMMUNITY?

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Introduction and suggested process

STUDENT PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

PRESENCE OF GOD

We become aware of the presence of God among us.

GOSPEL: MARK 3: 31-35 (NRSV)

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’

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REFLECTION

When we know people who are homeless, we know that the usual excuses for turning aside are not true. People do not want to be homeless. Certainly, they may have been so damaged by being driven out of home and being homeless that they have lost hope of finding a decent place to live. But they did not come to this by choice. It is forced on them by being rejected.

The roots of homelessness so often lie in the lack of a nurturing home in childhood. So if we are to address its roots we must help parents with young children to learn how to raise their children lovingly. We must provide resources to families under strain, so children can be educated and can make connection with society.

By Andrew Hamilton SJ

CLOSING PRAYER

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

CONVERSATION PROMPT QUESTION

What small thing can I do this week to support people suffering homelessness?

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STAFF PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

PRESENCE OF GOD

We become aware of the presence of God among us.

NAMING MY DESIRE

To hear the cry of people in need, especially those suffering homelessness.

GOSPEL: MARK 3: 31-35 (NRSV)

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’

REFLECTION

When we know people who are homeless, we know that the usual excuses for turning aside are not true. People do not want to be homeless. Certainly, they may have been so damaged by being driven out of home and being homeless that they have lost hope of finding a decent place to live. But they did not come to this by choice. It is forced on them by being rejected.

The roots of homelessness so often lie in the lack of a nurturing home in childhood. So if we are to address its roots we must help parents with young children to learn how to raise their children lovingly. We must provide resources to families under strain, so children can be educated and can make connection with society.

By Andrew Hamilton SJ

CLOSING PRAYER

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

CONVERSATION PROMPT QUESTION

What small thing can I do this week to support people suffering homelessness?

Download week 4 Staff Edition PDF

Resources written by James O'Brien. Edited by Michael McVeigh.
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