Friday 28th April: Chopsticks

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



In Korea there is a story told, a legend, about a man who dies
and goes to Heaven. Before he enters Heaven he says to the gatekeeper, “Before I go into Heaven I’d like you to take me on a tour of Hell.”

And so the man is taken, first of all, to visit Hell.
When he gets there he is surprised to see a long table piled high with the finest food anyone could ever want.

But he saw that the people in Hell were starving, and he asked his guide:
“Why is everyone starving?”

“It’s like this,” said the guide. “Everybody who comes to Hell is given a pair of chopsticks two metres long, and they have to hold them at the end at mealtimes.
Of course, no-one can eat with chopsticks that long. Look at everyone lifting their chopsticks,
trying to feed themselves- they miss their mouths every time. How miserable they all look!”

The man agreed that this really was Hell,
and he asked to be taken straight back to Heaven. When he arrived in Heaven
he saw the same kind of table piled high with the very same food. But here the people looked so very happy.

“No chopsticks, I suppose?” asked the man.
“Oh yes,” said his guide.
“They have the same chopsticks, two metres long,
and they must be held at the end: the same as in Hell.

But, here in Heaven, these people have learned that as they feed their neighbour with the long chopsticks, their neighbour feeds them.”


Lord, inspire me always
to have genuine care and concern for others,
and may people be as generous to me as I am to them.

Dear Father in heaven,
Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.
Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.
Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.
May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.