In this week’s assembly, Mrs Beer told us this story from Luke’s Gospel:
As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, he went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!”
Jesus saw them and said to them, “Go and let the priests examine you.”
On the way they were made clean. When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. Jesus spoke up, “There were ten who were healed; where are the other nine? Why is this foreigner the only one who came back to give thanks to God?” And Jesus said to him, “Get up and go; your faith has made you well.”
We heard how sad Jesus was that nine of the men did not say thank you. Mrs Beer asked us to think about how we feel when someone says thank you to us and how we think other people feel when we say thank you to them. We all agreed that it makes us feel good to be thanked and we like to thank others so that they feel good too.
Words like please, thank you and sorry are not difficult words to say, but they mean so much.
This week’s mission, therefore, is to use these words to make the world a better place. We discussed how we could make sure we thanked whoever made our dinner, whoever opens a door or us or passes us a pencil.
We look forward to hearing how you achieved this week’s mission – let us know in the comments below.