[Audiobook] Watching the Horizon: Advent Series for Toddlers – Day 3

*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 3 – Tuesday, December 4th

 

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 11:1-10

Gospel Reading:  Luke 10:21-24

 

Reflection

Listen to audio recording here:

 

Today’s reading talks about lions, and leopards, and bears!  Oh my!  Does that sounds scary?  Do not be afraid!  You see, when Jesus comes back, he’s going to create a New Jerusalem here on earth.  Jerusalem is the city where Jesus *was killed when He was here on earth.  And, the New Jerusalem that Jesus will create on earth, is going to be a special city where Jesus lives with us forever and ever!  It’s a good idea for us to be praying now for the peace of Heaven to come down to earth.

In the book of Isaiah in the Bible today, we hear about how after Jesus judges all of the nations, “the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb.”  Can you imagine that?  Wolves usually eat lambs, don’t they?  But when Jesus returns to bring everlasting peace to our world, lambs will be friends with wolves and they will invite wolves over to play!  “The wolf shall be a guest of the lamb!”  Isn’t that funny to think about?

We also hear about how baby cows and young lions will look around together, “with a little child to guide them.”  Wow!  That’s going to be so much fun!  Have you ever taken a puppy dog for a walk?  Well when Jesus brings Heaven to earth, little children like you are going to be able to take lions for a walk!

“The cow and the bear shall be neighbors…” Cows and bears as neighbors?  How silly is that?  And it says that “the lion shall eat hay like the ox.”  Lions usually eat meat, don’t they?  The Bible also tells us that little babies will be able to play by the den of a cobra – a powerful snake.  And that little children will be able to put their hands on the places where snakes live!  Don’t go and do that today, or you might get a snake bite!   But after God comes to judge all the people, He’s going to take away all of the danger in the whole world!

If you go to the zoo, you’ll see lots of animals there, but you can’t touch them or play with them, can you?  But have you ever wanted to play with baby penguins?  Or have you ever wanted to snuggle up to sleep with a gorilla or cuddly lion cub?  I thin kthat sounds pretty fun, doesn’t it?  Well, you just wait!  Heaven is going to be so amazing!  And you’ll really get to do these things when Jesus creates a New Jerusalem when He comes back to earth!

If any grownups tell you that these things aren’t going to happen, you can just let them know what the Gospel says today!  The Lord has “hidden these things from the wise and learned” but He has “revealed them (or shown them) to the childlike.”  So, while some grownups might not understand, you are blessed as a child to know what the Bible means in a special way!  So keep listening to Mommy and Daddy about the Bible and about God’s love for all of us, okay?

Let’s keep waiting and watching the horizon together to see if Jesus will be coming today!  Every day of our lives we can do this, but most especially in this time of Advent, we remember that He is coming soon!  And we’re going to be ready, aren’t we?

 

Questions

  1. Think of one animal that you would love to play with when Jesus creates the world anew. What is it, and why would you like to play with that animal?
  2. Why does God show special things to little children and to people who are childlike?
  3. Why is it a good idea to pray now for the peace of Heaven to come to earth?

 

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 Day-Spring

Come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

Now, we’re going to continue learning that special prayer that Jesus gave to St. Faustina called the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Isn’t this a beautiful prayer to say as we wait for Jesus to return?  We are asking Jesus to have mercy on the whole world!  That’s a pretty big prayer, isn’t it?  Remember, 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.

 

*Note: This post has been revised to correct an error.  Jesus was killed in Jerusalem.

*Please leave a comment below if there’s anything I can do to support your family further during this special time.  Did you enjoy this reflection or find it helpful?  Please feel free to share this with others who may find it helpful as well!   Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by! 

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