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Day 14- Saturday, December 15th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
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Today in the first reading, we hear about God bringing fire down from the Heavens, and about how God brought the prophet Elijah up into the Heavens! Now, what is a prophet? A prophet is someone who God uses to speak with the people on earth. Remember, God likes to use people like us to help Him, doesn’t He? Well, we can all bring the good news of God’s love to others. And that will help God very much.
One of the works of mercy is to instruct the ignorant, which can mean to teach people about God who do not know Him yet.
Another work of mercy is to counsel the doubtful, which means to give encouragement to those who are struggling and doubting things. When people doubt something, that means they are unsure of it. So, if someone is doubting their faith, they are having trouble trusting in Jesus. But what words did Jesus give to St. Faustina to help us remember to turn to Him? (pause) “Jesus, I trust in You!” That’s right.
One more work of mercy that has to do with teaching and encouraging is to admonish or help the sinner. We are all sinners, right? Right. So, we all are in need of loving help from God!
Well, prophets like Elijah are people that God has sent to do these special works of mercy, like instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, and admonishing or helping the sinner. But, God needs all of us to help Him in these ways! We can all do our part to share the good news of God’s love with the whole world.
- What is a prophet?
- Why is it a good reminder to say “Jesus, I trust in You!”?
- Why do we all need loving help from God?
Our hymn today is “Be thou my vision.” 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.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
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.