Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jesus' Questions: Day 2

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!

But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you .  .  . For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? ~ Matthew 5:44-46
Focus ~ It is easy to be kind to those who are kind to us. Jesus asks us to love everybody, all the time. We are called to reach out to each person we encounter in a caring way, regardless of how they treat us or how different they are from us.

Littles ~ What does it mean to be kind?

Middles ~ When is it difficult to be kind? To whom can you make a special effort to be kind today?

Bigs ~ How have you made a special effort to reach out to someone unknown to you? Today how can you greet another person with love?

Moms ~ Give examples of ways Christians are persecuted in the world today. Perhaps tell about how St. John Paul II forgave his shooter or St. Maria Goretti's killer was at her canonization. Talk about how we can respond with love.

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