I'm trying something new this Lent. My goal is to find a simple way to talk about living our faith with my children on a daily basis, outside of our (more) formal studies of Scripture and Catechism. This series is based on the questions Jesus asks within the Gospel of Matthew. I am brainstorming here some ways to discuss these passages with each of my children and am sharing with you in hopes that you and your children might be blessed by daily faith sharing. If you try this with your children, I would love to hear about your conversations in the comments!
Focus ~ The practice of fasting is to bring us closer to the suffering of Jesus. When we fast, we are aware of our sacrifice throughout our day because of the way our bodies react. This feeling should, in turn, make us aware of the spiritual presence of Christ and His generous sacrifice in dying for our sins on the cross. The disciples were very aware of the presence of Jesus in their lives, as they were physically with Him every day. There was no need for them to fast and mourn their sins.Then the disciples of John approached Him and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast (much), but your disciples do not fast?" Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?. ~ Matthew 9:14
Littles ~ Do you know what it means to fast? (Explain if they do not.)
Middles ~ When have you fasted? How did it make your body feel?
Bigs ~ When have you fasted? Did it remind you of Christ's suffering?
Moms ~ Share about one of the most significant fasts you have experienced and ways you remembered to unite that sacrifice to Christ's sacrifice.