Friday of the 30th Week
Luke 14: 1-6
I have this great card trick to show you that I have been working on. You are going to love it! Have a deck of cards in my pocket and pull them out and drop them all over the floor. Wait to see, if anyone helps to pick them up.
Now, why did you help me pick up the cards? Or, why did you not help pick up the cards? Our readings are about springing into action when we see someone in need.
St. Paul in our first reading is saying, “I have really tried to help you come to understand who Jesus is and come to believe in him, and you have failed to accept my help.”
In our Gospel, Jesus knows it is the Sabbath, a day when all Jewish people are forbidden to do any kind of work, even healing a person. Jesus encounters a man who has a badly swollen leg, and he heals the man. He was not going to wait until after the Sabbath to heal him, the time to heal the man is right now.
“When is the best time to help someone?” Answer: When they need the help, and we have to want to help someone, when they need the help. Give Examples of how I have seen the kids helping others.
The Eucharist is shared with us, so we will be willing to help those we encounter in the classroom, on the playground and anywhere else that God will lead us. No act of helping goes unnoticed by God!