(Written for the children’s mass today.)
Jesus says He came to fulfill the law. Every letter of the law. Even to the smallest part of a letter of the law. I suppose that means the little dot over the letter “i” or “j”. I cannot think of any other letter having a small part.
Sometimes when people think about Jesus fulfilling the law, I think they get a little nervous. In our lives we have laws and rules that we must follow. Stand in line. Take turns. Be polite. And many more. But these rules are setup to help us be polite, treat each other with kindness, and help us to be patient.
In another way, we can think of the Bible as another set of rules. Rules that help us to live a life so that when we die, we will be in heaven with God. Now, we may want to do what we want to do when we want to do it. But that is not thinking of other people, that is just selfishly thinking of ourselves. God’s rules are not hard, but they are God teaching us how to love others like He loves us. That makes His rules pretty special.
Prayer is a very important part of understanding God’s rules and living by them. There are prayers where we should always remember to thank God. Prayers where we ask God for the things we need. Prayers where we pray for other people. Sometimes there are people we know who are sick or in the hospital. We should always remember to pray for them.
These are prayers where we use words. There are also prayers where we do not need to use words. Those prayers can be times where we help someone by doing little acts of kindness. When we are generous and share without being asked to share. Today I would like to show you a prayer where you do not need any words, but we will have some actions. It is the Rain Prayer.
The Rain Prayer is very hard to explain using words. I invite you to join us on Facebook to see how it is done.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen