We Are His Hands
We are His Hands
GOYA Session - To help participants understand the importance of helping those in need, whatever that may be. This session emphasizes our job as “God’s Hands” and our responsibility to answer this call to action.
Almighty God, our Help and Refuge, Fountain of wisdom and Tower of strength, who knows that we can do nothing without your guidance and help; assist us, we pray to you, and direct us to divine wisdom and power, that we may accomplish these tasks, and whatever we may undertake to do, faithfully and diligently, according to your will, so that it may be profitable to ourselves and others, and to the glory of your Holy Name. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Prayer Before Any Task – Pocket Prayer Book)
Find Your Partner
- Brainstorm twenty different famous duos or partners (Tom and Jerry, Sts. Peter and Paul, Mickey Mouse and Minnie, etc.) and write each one on an index card.
- Have the participants stand in a circle. Before you toss the cards into the air, let the participants know they must pick one of the cards. Then they must find their “partner” and get to know them.
- When ready, the leader will toss the cards into the air so the participants can pick a card.
Love Thy Neighbor?
- Select four (4) participants or ask for four volunteers.
- You will have four “characters” they will need to act out. Make sure you have included a bit of background into each individual and their situation. Provide a list of reasons why they are the way they are. (Examples: a homeless person, a victim of bullying, a “loser”, someone who is ill, someone who is very poor, etc.)
- Ask the entire group to mingle and hang out. The volunteers will then try to go and hang out with the others.
- The other groups are instructed to act as they would with any other new person, but to react honestly to the person’s personality and demeanor.
- Make sure all of the volunteers rotate through and speak to everyone. Then gather the entire group and ask them how they reacted to the person. Was it difficult? Was it uncomfortable?
Read and discuss the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
(Prior to the discussion, find a few pictures on the internet of individuals who are homeless, ill, malnourished, handicapped, etc. Also, research on the internet and select a few statistics regarding these different types of individuals. While the Parable of the Good Samaritan is being read, pass around the photographs. After discussing the Parable, read some of the statistics regarding homelessness and poverty and offer time for discussion. It is important to drive home the fact that poverty, illness, and suffering does exist in our world today.)
- What does it mean to be a good Samaritan in today’s society?
- What are some of the things that prevent us from giving to the needy or helping the poor?
- What are some of the ways we can be a good Samaritan?
- Besides homelessness and poverty, what are other needs that our neighbor might have?
- In our school lives, how can we be a good Samaritan?
Be aware! Make sure to try and help anyone you can. You don’t have to give money to be a good Samaritan. It is just a matter of seeing someone in need and doing what you can to help. Ask your parents, your teachers, or your priest how you and your peers can do something for those less fortunate. It will fulfill God’s call to love our neighbor and be a gift to those who receive your help.
Read Luke 26: 34-40