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 ~ Jesus is reminding people that they went into the desert to see John the Baptist, who they heard was a prophet. They took the time and effort to go see him, probably because they partly believed he truly was a prophet and to find out for themselves. Jesus chastises them for so easily doubting and discarding that John was a prophet and reminds us that our natural curiosity about the supernatural is a good thing.As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? . . . Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.. ~ Matthew 11:7-9
Littles ~ Would you like to go to the desert? What might you see?
Middles ~ Do you remember how John the Baptist dressed? What is the job of a prophet?
Bigs ~ How was John the Baptist more than a prophet? In what ways are you a prophet?
Moms ~ Talk to your children about what supernatural things are not good, according to your comfort level and their maturity.