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Day 8 – Sunday, December 9th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9
Second Reading: Philippians I:4-6, 8-11
Gospel Reading: Luke 3:1-6
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If you’ve ever been to a Baptism, you know that Baptism is very special. That’s when God washes us clean from original sin. You might have noticed that it’s pretty hard to do the right thing all the time, isn’t it? If Mommy and Daddy tell you to stop doing something, what should you do? Stop doing it! Right? But do you always stop doing things you shouldn’t do right away? No, that’s a very hard thing to learn. We can try to do our best all the time, and Jesus wants us to always try to do our best. But since we all fall short of the glory of God, and we all make bad choices sometimes, we have to keep going to God to ask for His forgiveness!
Well, guess what? God will always forgive us if we are truly sorry! God’s mercy can wash away all of our sin!
Why do we make bad choices sometimes? Well, there can be different reasons. But, one big reason why we all make bad choices, is because we are all human. Yesterday, we went to Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our Mother in Heaven, Mary! A solemnity is a word for a very special day in our Church. Immaculate means that Mary was created perfectly for the very important and special role of being Jesus’s mother. When we talk about her conception, that means when she was created.
Advent is a time when we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. So, it’s a wonderful time to celebrate Mary’s Immaculate Conception, or the time when Mary was created perfectly for the very special role of being Jesus’s mother.
Mary really knows how hard it is for us to try not to sin, and she is going to love and support us if we ask her to do so! You can always talk to Mary about anything, just like you can talk to your mother on earth about anything. Mary loves you so much! And all she wants to do is to point the world back to loving her Son, Jesus.
Have you ever noticed that your Mommy talks about you to her friends and to her family? Have you ever heard your Mommy on the phone telling stories about things you say and do? Mothers love talking about their children! Well, that’s what Mary does with everyone she knows, too! Mary is always eager to talk to people about her Son, Jesus and how wonderful He is!
We’re going to close today with a special prayer from the Apostle Paul that is in the second reading today. This is a prayer that Paul wrote to his friends in Philippians, but it is also a prayer that Mary, all the angels and saints, and your parents can be praying for you, too! Here is what Paul wrote: “And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.”
- Do you remember your Baptism? What is Baptism?
- Does God forgive us when we sin and do bad things?
- What’s one thing that mothers love to talk about?
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.
We pray for God’s glory, may His Kingdom come;
We pray for His vicar, our father, and Rome.
Ave, ave, ave Maria! Ave, ave, ave Maria!
Let’s say our prayers from the Divine Mercy Chaplet:
- 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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