[Audiobook] Watching the Horizon: Advent Series for Toddlers – Day 2

*This is a Divine Mercy themed Advent series created especially for toddlers.  If you’re eager to share the joy of this season with your littlest ones, keep on reading!  Subscribe to this blog to continue receiving these posts in your inbox throughout Advent. 

 

Day 2 – Monday, December 3rd

 

A Note to Parents 

Click here if you’d like to return to the first day of the series and view the introductory note to parents.

 

Daily Mass Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5

Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-11

 

Reflection

Listen to audio recording here:

 

Have you ever watched a Disney movie?  What is the big picture that they show right at the beginning on the screen?  It’s a large castle, isn’t it?  And it’s a very special castle because we know that it belongs to a lovely princess.  Well in the first reading today, we learn that in the days to come, the Lord’s house will be sort of like that castle.  Now, the Lord’s house will be even more wonderful than any castle on earth!  Even the Disney castle!  In Isaiah, we read that, “The mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills.”  Then, all of the people in the world, “all nations shall stream toward it.”  And then God will bring peace to the world!  Doesn’t that sound amazing?  Peace means that no one will be fighting or angry.  Peace means no one will hit, or bite, or fight over toys.

Are you able to be peaceful in your home?  Could you try to be peaceful in your home in this Advent season, so we can be ready for when Jesus returns?  That means we’re going to be kind and loving to our brothers and sisters and parents.

In the Gospel reading today, we learn about a man with a servant who is suffering.  The man asks Jesus to heal his servant, to make him all better.  And do you know what that man does?  He trusts that Jesus will really heal his servant!  He trusts Jesus very much.  He knows that Jesus has authority, which means that people should listen to Jesus.  Who do you know that has authority?  Who should you listen to in your house?  (Pause) That’s right, your parents!  Your parents have authority over you, and since your parents are trying to follow God, you can trust that they are telling you the right things to do.

We need to trust in Jesus, don’t we?  We need to trust that He will lead us to Heaven.  But we have to obey Him!  So let’s listen to our parents and not get any time outs today, and that will make Jesus very happy.  If we obey God, and if we trust in Him, Jesus tells us in the Gospel today that we will be invited to the big “banquet in the Kingdom of Heaven.”  A banquet is a big party with lots of yummy food like roasted meats, special drinks, and even cake!  And that’s what God has prepared for us.  We just need to trust in Jesus.

 

Questions

  1. Why should we trust Jesus?
  2. Why should we listen to our parents? (Pause).  Well, if they are following God, then we will be following God when we listen to them!
  3. What does the word “peace” mean? Where will we be able to live in peace forever with God?

 

Conclusion

Sing this verse together, and then if possible have the father trace a cross on each child’s head with holy water.  This would be a great time to light your Advent candles if you have not done so already.

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from satan’s tyranny

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

Now, we’re going to begin learning a special prayer that Jesus gave to St. Faustina called the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  It’s a beautiful prayer to say as we wait for Jesus to return.  When I say, “For the sake of His sorrowful passion,” you can answer, “Have mercy on us and on the whole world.”  Let’s repeat that three times together…

 

For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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