Followers of the tradition of Jainism do not believe in harming any living thing. Jainism numbers about 4.2 million followers, most of whom live in India, and the religion is a subset of Hinduism. One of the key beliefs of Jains is called ahimsa. The word "ahimsa" literally means "no violence" or "to do no harm." While most Hindus follow ahimsa, Jains take the concept to the extreme. Jains are vegetarian, although they will not eat some plant-based foods whose cultivation would cause harm to insects, worms, or other plants.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?