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Day 5 – Thursday, December 6th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Isaiah 26:1-6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:21, 24-27
Listen to audio recording here:
Have you ever seen the Disney movie Frozen? Well, in that movie, there is a scene where Anna is freezing cold by the fire. Olaf is there with her, and what does he tell her? He says that some people are worth melting for. And we know that’s a really sweet thing to say, isn’t it? Olaf was making a sacrifice for Anna.
What’s a sacrifice? Well, a sacrifice is something that is difficult for you, that you do for a specific purpose or to help someone else. It might be a sacrifice for you to share a toy with your brother or sister or friend. It might be a sacrifice for you to let someone else eat the last piece of pie. It might be a sacrifice for you to help your little brother wash his hands. But those are little things that you can do for God!
Going to Mass is another thing we can do as a little sacrifice for God. After Jesus gave His life for us by dying on the cross, and after everything He has given us, it is the least we can do to give Him one hour of our week in Mass!
Did you know that Jesus did something even sweeter for us than Olaf did? Jesus died on the cross for us! And Jesus didn’t just die for his best friends. No, when Jesus died on the cross, He died for all of us! He died so that we could go to Heaven and be with Him forever. And He even died for the people who killed Him! Jesus died hoping that the people who killed Him would one day be able to feel very sorry and ask forgiveness for the bad things they did.
You see, if we ask forgiveness for the bad things that we do, God will forgive us, too! He is very merciful, and He loves us very much! The book of Isaiah tells us today to “Trust in the Lord forever!” And we know that we can always trust in Jesus, can’t we? Jesus loves us so much that He died for us, so we know that we can trust that He always knows what is best for our lives. Even when things are difficult. Jesus, we trust in You!
- What is a sacrifice?
- What is one little sacrifice you can make today to help Jesus and to thank Him for dying on the cross for us?
- Why do sacrifices show that we love someone?
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, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
In ancient times did’st give the Law
In cloud, and majesty and awe
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel
Let’s say all three prayers that we learned for our Divine Mercy Chaplet today!
- Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, thy dearly beloved Son, in atonement for our sins, and for those of the whole world.
- For the sake of His sorrowful passion, 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.
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