[Audiobook] Watching the Horizon: Advent Series for Toddlers – Day 9

*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  9- Monday, December 10th

 

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 35:1-10

Gospel Reading:  Luke 5:17-26

 

Reflection

Listen to audio recording here:

 

Are you able to see things and to hear things?  Well if you are, you are very blessed with the gift of sight and the gift of hearing.  It’s okay if you’re not able to do these things.  If you’re not able to do these things yet, don’t worry, you will be able to do them one day!  Some people cannot see, and we say that if someone is unable to see, that they are blind.  Some people cannot hear, and we say that if someone is unable to hear, that they are deaf.  But, in the Bible today, we hear about how when Heaven comes, there will be flowers blooming, joyful songs, and no one will have any reason to fear anymore!  The eyes of those who were blind on earth will be opened, so everyone will be able to see the riches and glories of God’s Kingdom in Heaven.  And the ears of those who were deaf on earth will be cleared so that everyone will be able to hear together the joyous sounds of Heaven.

Are you able to jump and run?  Are you able to speak?  If you are, you are very blessed with the gift of mobility and with the gift of speech!  It’s okay if you’re not able to do these things.  If you’re not able to do these things yet, don’t worry, you will be able to do them one day!  Some people cannot move around very much, and we say that those who are unable to move well are lame.  Some people cannot speak, and we say that those who are unable to speak are mute.  But, in the Bible today, we also hear about how when Heaven comes, the people who were lame on earth will then be able to leap like the deer of the forest, and the tongues of those who were mute will be able to sing!

This is God’s mercy in action!  God is merciful and loving, and He wants everyone to be able to experience Heaven!

But, there is something more wonderful than being able to leave behind the physical limitations of our humanity.  That means that there’s something more wonderful than being able to see, hear, walk, and speak!  What could be more wonderful than being able to see, hear, walk, and speak?  Well, Jesus knew what was more wonderful than those things in the Gospel today!  In the Gospel, we hear about a man who could not walk who was brought to Jesus to be healed.  Jesus told him to rise, and to pick up his mat, which is another word for his bed or blanket.  And Jesus told him to go home.  All of a sudden, that man who had not been able to move, could walk back to his home!  But what else did Jesus say on that day to the people gathered there?  He told them that because of their great faith, that their sins were forgiven!

It’s wonderful that God can restore our bodies back to good health when we are sick or deaf, mute, lame, or blind.  But it’s even more wonderful that God can restore our souls back to good health with his mercy and forgiveness every time we sin!

 

Questions

  1. What is most exciting to you about Heaven?
  2. Jesus healed a man who was lame. How does this healing show God’s mercy for us?
  3. Jesus forgave people of their sins. How does this forgiveness show God’s mercy for us?

 

Conclusion

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 Our Mother, the Church upon earth;

And bless, dearest lady, the land of our birth.

Ave, ave, ave Maria!  Ave, ave, ave Maria!

 

Let’s say our prayers from the Divine Mercy Chaplet:

  1. 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.
  2. For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
  3. 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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