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Day 13- Friday, December 14th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Isaiah 48: 17-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19
Listen to audio recording here:
Is there anyone in your life who is your teacher? Maybe you go to a school or a daycare and you have a teacher there. Your teacher could be your Mommy, your Daddy, your Grandma, your Grandpa, or even your priest. You are learning new things from so many people in your life! The people who you are learning from, the people who are teaching you new things, those people are called your teachers.
Well, God wants to be your teacher, too. He wants to be a teacher to everyone in the whole world! But not everyone lets God be their teacher. And that’s not good, is it? No, because we should all let God teach us new things. God always wants what is best for us. We have to trust in Him.
When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, He talked about wanting all people to return to Him with trust! He wants everyone to say, “Jesus, I trust in You!” That’s very important, because the more we trust God, the more He can work great miracles through our lives.
Jesus tells us in the first reading today that “I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.” See, God is trying to teach you! Why should we trust God? (slowly so kids repeat it with you) Because He knows what is best for us!
- Why should we trust God?
- What saint did Jesus speak to when He talked about His Divine Mercy and said He wanted everyone to trust in Him?
- Why does God want to be your teacher?
You can sing along as we sing the next verse of “Come Thou Font”, 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.
Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let that goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
Now let’s say a 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.