*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 6 – Friday, December 7th
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 29:17-24
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:27-31
Listen to audio recording here:
Yesterday we learned that God always knows what is best for our lives. And that even when things are difficult, we can trust in Him! Today, the first reading talks about land being changed into a big orchard. Do you know what an orchard is? An orchard is where fruit trees grow! So, in an orchard, you might find apple trees, or pear trees, or plum trees, or even peach trees. And if you find a really great orchard, you might find all of those trees growing there!
When people plant orchards, they have to wait a very long time before the tiny seeds grow into little plants. And then, they have to wait even longer for those tiny plants to grow into big strong trees. Eventually, there will be some fruit on those fruit trees. But only if everything works out alright. Trees need a certain amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients in the soil to grow just right! Those are things that God helps to provide for plants. God helps to make sure that plants have water, sunlight, and nutrients. See, God provides all of His Creation with just what they need to grow, so they can be healthy and strong.
What do people need to grow up healthy and strong? Well, people need food, shelter, clothing, and a lot of love! Does everyone have these things? No! So, what should we do to help everyone have the things they need? We can help to give people the things they need. You see, God is still looking out for people, even when they don’t have all of the things they need, isn’t He? Yes! And He can use us in a very special way to help those in need.
The works of mercy include wonderful ideas about how we can love and serve others. In loving and serving them, we are helping God to provide all of His Creation, with just what they need to grow and to be healthy and strong. The works of mercy include: giving drink to the thirsty, giving food to the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, clothing the naked, and comforting those who are very sad. These are things we can do every day to love and serve God!
We have to trust and have faith when we plant an apple seed that it will grow into a big tall apple tree someday if we nurture it well! In the same way, we have to trust and have faith when we love and serve God, that He will use us to bear much fruit, and to do much good for His Kingdom – we just have to nurture our faith well! And what is the very best way that we can nurture our faith well? Well, we can pray and go to Mass, and receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! This is our spiritual nourishment – our spiritual food. And we can trust that Jesus will provide for all of our spiritual needs as we wait for Him to come again! Jesus, we trust in You!
- What is an orchard?
- What are the things plants need to grow healthy and strong? What do people need to grow healthy and strong?
- What are some of the works of mercy that we can do to build up the Kingdom of God on earth?
Since we are in the season of Advent, we are remembering the very special time when Mary was pregnant with baby Jesus in her womb. This is a wonderful time to sing a special song to Mary to honor and thank her for being Jesus’ mother! You can 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.
Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing;
Who reignest in splendor with Jesus our King.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, ave, Maria!
Let’s say all three prayers that we learned for our Divine Mercy Chaplet again 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.
*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!