[Audiobook] Watching the Horizon: Advent Series for Toddlers – Day 4

*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 4 – Wednesday, December 5th

 

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 25:6-10a

Gospel Reading:  Matthew 15:29-37

 

Reflection

Listen to audio recording here:

 

Have you ever heard that Jesus is the bread of life?  In the old testament, which is at the beginning of the Bible, we learn about how the Israelites, God’s people, were traveling through the desert.  They did not have any food, so God made special bread called manna come down from the sky!  So their food came from the sky!  Can you imagine that?  What would that be like if you could just walk outside, tell God you were hungry, and then food would fall down into your hands?  Well, it was really kind of like that!

In the Gospel reading today, we hear about how Jesus is teaching on a mountain by the sea of Galilee.  He worked many miracles there and taught the people many things!  And then, Jesus realized something.  He realized that all of the people there had been spending so much time listening to Jesus talk, and so much time being with Jesus, that they didn’t have any food to eat!  Jesus did not want to send everyone away hungry.  If you get too hungry, what happens?  You’d probably just fall over, right?  Well, Jesus didn’t want everyone to just fall over on their way home!  No!  So, he called his friends, the disciples over to talk to Him.

But the disciples didn’t know what to do!  They said, “(Jesus), where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy (so many people)?”  So, what do you think Jesus did next?  Do you think Jesus created a bunch of food out of nothing?  Did he make bread fall down from the sky that day?  No, not on that day.  You see, Jesus was already the bread that came down from Heaven!  That’s right, Jesus is the only bread we need!  So, he decided to just use the little bit of food they could find.

Jesus asked how much food they had, and they told him that they had seven loaves of bread and a few fish.  But when they broke the bread and passed it as Jesus told them to do, a miracle happened!  There was enough food to feed everyone!  There were even a lot of leftovers from that meal!

And guess what?  That’s part of the miracle that happens every time we go to Mass!  Every time we go to Mass, Jesus is really right there in the Eucharist!  He is the living bread who has come down from Heaven to be with us.  But, God doesn’t create the Eucharist out of nothing.  Instead, He takes what we already have – the bread that we have on this earth – and He transforms it into His Body, and then Jesus is truly present in that bread that is His Body, for millions of people around the world every day who go to Mass!

So, while we are waiting for Jesus to return to earth, let’s remember that He is also already here waiting for us in the Eucharist – at adoration, and at every Mass.  God is with us everywhere, but, we are usually only connecting with God at one point!  When we come to Jesus in the Eucharist, we are connecting with all of His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  And that makes Jesus very, very happy to know that we are wanting to be with Him as much as we possibly can, while we wait for Him to come again!

 

Questions

  1. Why did the people have no food to eat on the mountain?
  2. What kind of food did Jesus multiply to feed everyone?
  3. What is the special name for the bread that is the Body of Christ at Mass and adoration?

 

Conclusion

There are only two more verses of this song, and then we’ll get to sing a special new song!   Sing along, and 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 Key of David, come

And open wide our heavenly home

Make safe the way that leads on high

And close the path to misery

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

Our final prayer to learn from the Divine Mercy Chaplet is a very simple one: “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” We will repeat it together three times:

 

 Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

*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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