Monday, September 17, 2007

Christian Service Lesson 1: The Source of Our Call to Serve

Initial Question: Why Do Christians Serve Others?

Curriculum Standards:
9. Discipleship – baptism as the source of our Christian Vocation
13. Community Service - the call to participate in society

Scripture Passage:
John 13: 3 – 15 The washing of the disciples’ feet.
Christ, teacher and master, humbles himself to serve the disciples. He then gives them the commandment to follow his example.
“You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Catechism Passages
1241 at baptism we are anointed “Priest, Prophet, and King”, which gives us a call to share in Prayer, Preaching, and Service.
1260 – 70 Baptism makes us members of the Church and places on us the responsibility to serve others.

1905 – 06 we have a responsibility to provide for the Common Good
1924 – 26 brief explanation of the Common Good and its requirements
Key Terms
- Responsibility / Duty: an action or aspect of one’s life for which he is accountable. A task one must ensure is done properly and fully.
- Humility: in regard to others it is the state of not seeing one as superior to one’s neighbor, born out of the conviction that all people are Children of God, made in His image, and bear within them a permanent dignity.
- Obedience: the moral virtue and evangelical counsel that leads us to submit to the Law / Will of God.

Reflection Questions
1. Why do you think people often feel as though we are “too good” to perform certain tasks? (be sure to then point the question back on students themselves)
2. What are your responsibilities? What makes something a responsibility? (Is it only the negative consequences of not performing it? Is it tied to a specific role you fill?)
3. Is obedience simply doing what you’re told without asking questions or is there more to it than that? (what motivates us to be obedient?)

Suggested Activity / Service Opportunity
1. Make a list five of your responsibilities and post them in your locker or inside your planner (or somewhere at home). Check daily to see how you are doing at fulfilling those responsibilities.
2. Go out of your way to help someone that you would normally consider “below” you. Be sure to do it in a way that respects their dignity and is not patronizing.

Saintly Quote
“Every good work for others - especially for the suffering and those not considered to be worth much - is a service of the washing of feet.” Pope Benedict XVI, 2006

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not count the cost, to fight and not heed the wounds, to toil and not seek for rest, to labor and not ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

- St. Ignatius of Loyola
Until next time, Serve Faithfully.
Mr. B

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