Social Action

Our school motto is ‘enter to learn, go forth to serve’, the second part of this is a reflection of the Gospel and is shown at Archbishop’s in so many different ways. This week alone there have been cake sales to raise money and collections for food bank. So often people associate Church with a service in a building, when actually the focus should be on the collection of people serving the community.

Our theme this week is social action, and it is easy for us to think that we, individually, can’t really make any difference but as Achim Steiner says in our thought for the week

“Every small action matters because when 7 billion people do that thing it changes the world”

If we all do small things the impact could be huge, we are also more likely to encourage others to do small actions as well if they see us doing them.

In the parable of the sheep and the goats Jesus lists actions that will be rewarded, these actions include giving food to the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, inviting in the stranger, giving clothes to those without any, caring for the sick, and visiting those in prison. Although it says we will be rewarded for these things, that isn’t the reason we should do those things, but as if we were doing them for Jesus himself. Jesus said that when we do these things for the least of the people we are doing them for him.

So… how can you make a difference? Where do people need support in your society?

Challenge: do a small action each day to help someone who is struggling, see what effect it has on others

Prayer: thank you God, that you chose to come to earth and live amongst the people, thank you that you helped those who needed it and help us to do the same. Amen

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