4th/5th Grade Playlist for Sept. 19, 2021: 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fun and education material for faith formation in your Domestic Church!
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” - Mark 9:35
Read today's Scripture together as a family
Create a Sacred space in your home where you can read Scripture and pray together both as a family and alone whenever you would like to spend some quiet time with the Lord. He would love that and is always waiting to hear from you and spend time with you!
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
AFTER READING TODAY'S READINGS, DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING TOGETHER
It is not easy to be a disciple of Christ. It’s not easy to love the way He loves and asks us to love. It’s not easy to put God and our neighbors first, before ourselves, but it’s what we’re called to do as baptized children of God. When we don’t like someone, we don’t think they deserve our help, or it just doesn’t fit in our schedule to help - those are the times, especially, when we’re called to put our needs and feelings aside and act in humility. In a world that sometimes tells us to win at all costs, to be the best no matter who gets hurt, or to have the most even as others have none, we are called to be revolutionary by putting others first and working to be the best disciples we can be! What are some ways that we can be revolutionary as a family? What can we do for others? Are we sometimes not sure if we want to do for others when it makes us not get to do what we want or when it's not fun? Are there times when we want to be first even if it means not thinking about others first? How can we overcome those feelings? Think and talk about some times when it feels like the world is telling us to win at all cost? What are some revolutionary ways of thinking that help us do what we are called to do instead?
Remember that being the One Body of Christ and working together to build the Kingdom of God may also require that we put others first. Prepare cards that say the following: "I can be the best by helping others," "I am a disciple of Christ," "I can put others first," "We are all one Body of Christ," and "I share in Christ's roles of priest, prophet, and king." As a family, decide who will be hands, who will be legs, who will be feet, and who will be the mouth. Each person will take turns picking a card from the stack, and racing back to the family to share the good news with them. The only catch is, each person will need to get the card back to their family and tell them the news without using the body part that they chose to be. For example, whoever chose legs, needs to get across the room without using their legs, and the person who chose mouth will need to get across the room and tell the news without using their mouth. When everyone has gone, play again, but this time, take a family member along who is a body part that can help you. Note how much easier it is when you all work together as one Body! Have fun and post pictures/videos on the form to the right!
The Daily Examen has five parts: stillness, gratitude, reflection, sorrow, and hopefulness. Take some time each day this week to sit in stillness at the end of the day, being aware of God's presence and of His never-ending love for each of you. Next ask everyone to think about what they are most thankful from that day. Allow people to share, and then thank God for those gifts and/occasions. Then ask everyone to think about how they showed love, kindness, thankfulness, or service that day. Were there times that we did not show these things, and how could we have better shown love and service to others? Together, ask for God's forgiveness for those times when you may not have reflected His love to others. Finally, ask God to help you look forward to a new day, decide that you will lean on His guidance and cooperate with what He wants for your life. End by praying the Lord's Prayer together: Our Father who art in heaven , hallowed by Thy name; Thy kingdom com; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.