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Day 10- Tuesday, December 11th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:12-14
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Today the Gospel talks about a little lost sheep. Jesus tells a special story called a parable to help people understand God a little bit better. A parable is a teaching story. In the parable that Jesus shares, there is a man who has a hundred sheep. That’s a lot of sheep, isn’t it? But one of his sheep goes missing, so he goes out to look for the sheep that left, which is very kind. Then Jesus tells us that this is exactly what God the Father does when His children are lost. He takes time to search for each one of us who has gone astray!
This is another example of God’s mercy. Did you know that it is an act of mercy to take time to teach people about God? Yes, instructing the ignorant is one of the spiritual works of mercy. So, Jesus is performing a spiritual work of mercy just by telling people this story about God the Father.
Inside the story itself, we see another example of mercy, because it is a story of God seeking out the little lost sheep. It is the story of God seeking out and searching for those who need Him. And we all need Him!
Have you ever looked for something that went missing? It can be hard sometimes to find things when they are lost, right? Maybe you were missing your doll, or your shoes, or your favorite toy. Just know that God always knows where your things are hiding, doesn’t He? God sees everything. So, He knows just where people are when they are trying to hide from Him, too. And there’s no way to hide from God’s amazing love that He has for each one of us!
- Do you seek out and search for people who might like to know Jesus better?
- Have you ever invited someone to come to Mass with you? Who could you invite to come to Mass with you this weekend?
- Which work of mercy did we learn about today?
We’re going to begin a new song today called “Come Thou Font.” 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.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love
Today we’re going to say a full decade of the Divine Mercy Chaplet! You know all the prayers, so get ready to say it all together. Let’s make the sign of the Cross to begin: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
- 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. (x1)
- For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (x10)
- Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (x3)
Sign of the Cross: the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.