In today’s assembly we heard this reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke:
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
Glory to you, O Lord.
(Sign the head, lips and heart).
Levi was a tax collector. Tax collectors were not liked by the people. As well as taking taxes for the Romans, they would take extra money from the people and keep it for themselves. The only friends they had were other tax collectors, who also cheated the people.
One day Jesus was passing by and he saw Levi sitting in his office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Levi got up, left everything and followed Jesus. He gave a big feast in his house for Jesus. He invited his friends – the other tax collectors. He also invited some other people who weren’t usually invited to dinner. They were outcasts. Respectable people wouldn’t have anything to do with them.
Some important people complained to Jesus’ friends. “Why does Jesus eat with people like this?” they asked. Jesus answered them, “I am here for people who need me.”
Levi became one of the Twelve friends of Jesus. His name was changed to Matthew.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
One of the messages of this story is that, like Jesus, we should respect and treat all people with dignity. Treating people with dignity means that they will feel valued and of worth. The children sat quietly and thought of someone in their class or in school that they find it hard to like and don’t always treat very well. They pictured that person in their mind and remembered that, like us, that person is loved and special to God……. We prayed for that person and asked God to help us to treat them with respect and dignity today and in the future.
This week’s mission therefore, is to show human dignity and respect. The EYFS children in assembly had some wonderful ideas such as listening to the teacher, doing what their parents ask them to do, including children in games who have no-one to play with and smiling at others.