[Audiobook] Watching the Horizon: Advent Series for Toddlers – Day 15 – Last Day!

*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  15- Sunday, December 16th

 

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:  Zephaniah 3:14-18a

Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7

Gospel Reading:  Luke 3:10-18

 

Reflection

Listen to audio recording here:

 

Today and this week, the Church rejoices, because it is Gaudete Sunday!  On Gaudete Sunday, we rejoice.  Why do we rejoice?  Because the Lord is near!  In the second reading today from the Philippians, we hear that we should “rejoice!” Our kindness should be known to all because “the Lord is near.”  We should not worry about anything at all because God will take care of us.  And we can always trust in Jesus.

Did you know God is always listening to what is on your heart?  He loves you so much, he already knows what you need, but He wants you to come to him with your requests.  He wants us to do this so that the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?  God’s peace will guard us and keep us safe!  No matter what happens.

Then in the Gospel, we hear about how people who have “two cloaks (or coats) should share with the person who has none.  And whoever has food should do likewise.”  Does your family ever share extra coats with others in need?  That’s a good thing to do if you have extra coats during these cold winter months.  Is there someone who you could invite over for dinner one night to share a meal with you?  Perhaps is there someone who might like to join you for the most special meal of all – someone who might like to join you for the celebration of the Mass?  What a beautiful day to think of someone to invite into your lives – Gaudete Sunday.  We have so much to rejoice about, because Jesus is near!  So, don’t keep this good news all to yourself!  And keep watching the horizon, because Jesus really is near!  He is coming soon and we are going to be ready!

 

Questions

  1. What is the special thing that we do on Gaudete Sunday?
  2. And why do we rejoice on Gaudete Sunday?
  3. Who is someone that your family might like to invite to Mass with you next weekend?

 

Conclusion

Our hymn today is “Gaudete” since today is Gaudete Sunday.  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.

See the branches bowing low, in the icy river

All the world is crying Lord, Lord our souls deliver

Gaudete, gaudete, Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete
Gaudete, gaudete, Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete

 

Since you’ve done such a great job learning your Divine Mercy Chaplet, you will be able to sing along to this lovely version of the chaplet by Matt Maher.  Click on the link below on this post to listen and sing along each day from now until Christmas!

Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song – Matt Maher version

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Thanks for joining me during this special season of Advent.  Keep watching the horizon!

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