Beatitudes     "Question of the Week" 

 

Epiphany           A gift for all people

Reading I            Isaiah 60:1-6 (glory of the new Zion)

Reading II          Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 (commission to preach God’s plan)

Gospel                 Matthew 2:1-12 (the visit of the magi)

Key Passage      In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, “Where is the Child:  who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” (Matthew 2:1–2)

 

Adult:  

The Magi were strangers from another land. How do you welcome immigrants and strangers in the name of Christ?

Child:  

What could you do to be like a star and lead someone to know about Jesus?

 

Baptism of the Lord                   Faithful service

Reading I            Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 (the servant of the Lord)

Reading II          Acts 10:34-38 (Peter’s discourse)

Gospel                 Matthew 3:13-17 (the baptism of Jesus)

Key Passage      Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1)

 

Adult:  

How does your own baptism provide you with a “call to serve others?” In what ways do you serve?

Child:  

When has the Holy Spirit helped you treat someone fairly?

 

Questions for Ash Wednesday can be found in the Seasonal Feasts section at the end of this year.

 

First Sunday of Lent                  Overcoming temptation

Reading I            Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 (the fall of humankind)     

Reading II          Romans 5:12-19 (humanity’s sin through Adam)

Gospel                 Matthew 4:1-11 (the temptation of Jesus)

Key Passage      Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)

 

Adult:  

What helpful advice could you offer someone faced with a temptation?

Child:  

What helps you do the right thing when you want to do something wrong?

 

Second Sunday of Lent             Call to faithfulness

Reading I            Genesis 12:1-4 (call of Abraham)

Reading II          2 Timothy 1:8b-10 (exhortation to faithfulness)

Gospel                 Matthew 17:1-9 (Jesus transfigured)                   

Key Passage      Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. (Matthew 17:1–2)

Adult:  How has your faith in Jesus transformed you? What difference does your faith in Jesus Christ make in your life? Child:  How has the example of Jesus helped you become a better person and Christian?

 

Adult:   What difference does your faith in Jesus Christ make in your life?

Child:    What does it mean to you to be a holy person?

 

Third Sunday of Lent                Source of strength

Reading I            Exodus 17:3-7 (water from the rock)

Reading II          Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 (faith, hope, and love)

Gospel                 John 4:5-42 (the Samaritan woman at the well)

Key Passage      Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13–14)

 

Adult:  

Where have you found a source of “living water” for your own journey of faith?

Child:  

Name some times when your belief in Jesus helped make you stronger.

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent              Source of light

Reading I            1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a (Samuel anoints David)

Reading II          Ephesians 5:8-14 (duty to live in the light)

Gospel                 John 9:1-41 (the man born blind)

Key Passage      For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as Children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. (Ephesians 5:8–9)

 

Adult:  

What are you doing in your life right now to move toward light rather than darkness?

Child:   

How can you let the light of your faith in Jesus shine for others to see?

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent    Life everlasting

Reading I            Ezekiel 37:12-14 (prophecy of restoration)

Reading II          Romans 8:8-11 (the flesh and the Spirit)

Gospel                 John 11:1-45 (the raising of Lazarus)

Key Passage      Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26)

 

Adult:  

Christ calls us from death to new life. To what new life are you being called during this Lent?

Child:

How does Jesus help you do what is good and avoid what is not?

 

Passion (Palm) Sunday             Obedience and humility

Procession Gospel          Matthew 21:1-11 (triumphal entry into Jerusalem)

Reading I            Isaiah 50:4-7 (salvation only through the Lord’s servant)

Reading II          Philippians 2:6-11 (imitating Christ’s humility)

Gospel                 Matthew 26:14-27:66 (the passion of Jesus)

Key Passage      Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7–8)

 

Adult:  

We are called to die to ourselves in love for others. How do you live that in your own life?

Child:

How do you allow Jesus to live in your heart?

 


 

Holy Thursday               Perfect sacrifice

Reading I            Exodus 12:1–8, 11–14 (the Passover ritual prescribed)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 11:23–26 (the Lord’s Supper)

Gospel  l              John 13:1–15 (the washing of the feet)

Key Passage      For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.” (1 Corinthians 11:23–24)

 

Adult:  

What sacrifices did you make out of love?

Child:   

What is the difference between doing something for someone out of love, and doing it because someone makes you?

 

Good Friday                    Perfection through suffering

Reading I            Isaiah 52:13—53:12 (suffering and triumph of the servant of the Lord)

Reading II          Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9 (Jesus, compassionate high priest)

Gospel                 John 18:1—19:42 (the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ)

Key Passage      When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. (Isaiah 53:10)

 

Adult:  

Can you say that you have grown through your experience of physical or emotional suffering? Why or why not?

Child:   

How can the story of Jesus’ suffering make it easier for you to face something painful or uncomfortable?

 

Holy Saturday (Vigil)                New life in Christ

Reading I            Genesis 1:1—2:2 (first story of creation)

Reading II          Genesis 22:1–18 (the testing of Abraham)

Reading III         Exodus 14:15—15:1 (crossing of the Red Sea and destruction of the Egyptians)

Reading IV         Isaiah 54:5–14 (the new Zion)

Reading V           Isaiah 55:1–11 (an invitation to grace)

Reading VI         Baruch 3:9–15, 32—4:4 (prayer of wisdom in the Law of Moses)

Reading VII        Ezekiel 36:16–17a, 18–28 (regeneration of the people)

Epistle                 Romans 6:3–11 (death to sin, life in God)

Gospel                 Matthew 28:1–10 (the women at the tomb)

Key Passage      Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)

 

Adult:  

How do you live your baptismal call to spread the  Good News?

Child:   

If someone who was not a Christian asked you what difference it makes to be baptized, what would you say?

 

 

 

Easter Sunday                Witness to faith

Reading I            Acts 10:34, 37-43 (Peter’s discourse)

Reading II          Colossians 3:1-4 (mystical death and resurrection)

                              Or 1 Corinthians 5:6–8 (unleavened bread of sincerity and truth)

Gospel                 John 20:1-9 (Peter and the disciple at the tomb)

Key Passage      Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also  went in, and he saw and believed. (John 20:8)

 

Adult:  

What is your experience of resurrection in your own life or the life of your family?

Child:  

Jesus is with us today. How can you see him in the people around you in Church?

 

Second Sunday of Easter           Encouraging others

Reading I            Acts 2:42-47 (communal life)

Reading II          1 Peter 1:3-9 (thanksgiving)

Gospel                 John 20:19-31 (appearance to the disciples; Thomas)

Key Passage      Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” (John 20:27)

 

Adult:  

We show our faith when we demonstrate courage in the face of difficulty. What could you do this week to help strengthen someone?

Child:  What could you do this week to encourage someone who is sad or discouraged?

 

Third Sunday of Easter            Recognizing the Lord

Reading I            Acts 2:14, 22-28 (Peter’s discourse)

Reading II          1 Peter 1:17-21 (filial obedience)

Gospel                 Luke 24:13-35 (Emmaus)

Key Passage      When he was at the table with the disciples, he took bread,  blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:30–31)

 

Adult:  

In what way have you come to know Jesus better through the breaking of the bread at Eucharist?

Child:  

When you join Jesus at the table of the Eucharist next Sunday, what would you like to thank him for?

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter          Called to be shepherds

Reading I            Acts 2:14, 36-41 (Peter’s discourse)

Reading II          1 Peter 2:20-25 (for the slave)

Gospel                 John 10:1-10 (the Good Shepherd)

Key Passage      [The shepherd] goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:4)

 

Adult:  

How are you a shepherd to those in your care?

Child:  

What will you do this week to show you love those around you?

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter              Jesus, the Way

Reading I            Acts 6:1-7 (the need of assistants)

Reading II          1 Peter 2:4-9 (living stones)

Gospel                 John 14:1-12 (last discourse: the way, the truth, and the life)

Key Passage      I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

 

Adult:  

In a challenge you face right now, what will it mean to live the way of Jesus Christ?

Child:  

Name some ways you can be more like Jesus when you are playing with your friends or family.

                                                                

Sixth Sunday of Easter               The strength of faith

Reading I            Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 (Philip in Samaria)

Reading II          1 Peter 3:15-18 (on Christian suffering)

Gospel                 John 14:15-21 (promise of the Paraclete)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” (John 14:16)

 

Adult:  

The Spirit gives us inner wisdom and strength. When have you experienced this?

Child:  

The Holy Spirit makes you strong inside. When do you need to be strong?

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter       Sharing Christ’s suffering

Reading I            Acts 1:12-14 (return to Jerusalem after the ascension)

Reading II          1 Peter 4:13-16 (blessings of persecution)

Gospel                 John 17:1-11 (completion of Jesus’ work)

Key Passage      If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. (1 Peter 4:14)

 

Adult:  

When we are welcoming, forgiving and generous, we may be criticized, but how does that connect us to Christ?

Child:  

Standing up for your faith means doing good even when it is easier not to. When have you experienced this?

 

Questions for the Ascension can be found in the Seasonal Feasts section at the end of this year.

 

Pentecost          Sent to serve

Reading I            Acts 2:1-11 (descent of the Holy Spirit)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 (many gifts, one Spirit, and the analogy of the body)

Gospel                 John 20:19-23 (appearance to the disciples)

Key Passage      Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21–22)

 

Adult:  

What important work does Jesus ask of you at this time in your life?

Child:  

How would Jesus want you to treat your friends and family this week?

 

Trinity Sunday              A God of love

Reading I            Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 (renewal of the tablets)

Reading II          2 Corinthians 13:11-13 (farewell)

Gospel                 John 3:16-18 (belief in the Son sent by the Father)

Key Passage      For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

 

Adult:  

We live within the Trinity whenever we live in love. How does this mystery connect to your daily life?

Child:  

How do you choose to live as a more loving person?

 

Body and Blood of Christ          Bread for others

Reading I            Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 (God’s care)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (the Eucharist vs. pagan sacrifices)

Gospel  John 6:51-58 (the living bread)

Key Passage      I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. (John 6:51)

 

Adult:  

What does it mean for you right now to be bread for others as Jesus was?

Child:  

In what ways can Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist help you do good things for others?

 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time       Jesus, the Son of God

Reading I            Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 (the servant of the Lord)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 1:1-3 (greeting to the church)

Gospel                 John 1:29-34 (John’s testimony to Jesus)    

Key Passage      [John said,] “I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” (John 1:31)

 

Adult:  

We witness to Christ as John did, by living lives full of generosity, forgiveness, and mercy toward others. When do you find it most difficult to do this?

Child:  

Who has surprised you by doing something kind for you when you did not expect it?

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time  Following Jesus

Reading I            Isaiah 8:23-9:3 (the Prince of Peace)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 (factions)

Gospel                 Matthew 4:12-23 (Jesus in Capernaum)

Key Passage      Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23)

 

Adult:  

To whom could you preach the gospel of Jesus Christ this week with actions rather than words?

Child:  

What could you do for someone this week that would tell them something about Jesus?

 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time       Blessed are we

Reading I            Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 (promise for Jerusalem)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (paradox of God’s choice)

Gospel                 Matthew 5:1-12 (the beatitudes)           

Key Passage      Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11–12)

 

Adult:  

When you heard the Beatitudes announced today, which one struck you most strongly?

Who is welcome in the reign of God? Who would you like to tell about the reign of God?

 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time           Spreading the light of Christ

Reading I            Isaiah 58:7-10 (true fasting)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (preaching on Christ crucified)

Gospel                 Matthew 5:13-16 (the similes of salt and light)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

 

Adult:  

In what way might you be hiding the light of Christ from others? What could you do to improve this?

Child:  

How can you let the light of Christ in you shine for others this week?

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time            Implications of the new law

Reading I            Sirach 15:15-20 (our free will)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 2:6-10 (true wisdom)

Gospel                 Matthew 5:17-37 (the old Law and the new)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “So when you are offering your gift at the altar,  if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24)

 

Adult:  

How do you reconcile with those who have offended or hurt you?

Child:  

When have you taken the first step to make up with someone who has hurt you or whom you have offended?

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time    Love of enemies

Reading I            Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 (various rules of conduct)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 3:16-23 (the work of God’s ministers)

Gospel                 Matthew 5:38-48 (new law of retaliation; love of enemies)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  (Matthew 5:43–44a)

 

Adult:  

What is the point of “turning the other cheek” in an argument, and why is it so hard to do?

Child:  

Who are the people you find it most difficult to forgive?

 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time        Overcoming fear

Reading I            Isaiah 49:14-15 (restoration of Zion)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 4:1-6 (Christ judges his ministers)

Gospel                 Matthew 6:24-34 (dependence on God)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30)

 

Adult:  

What things do you worry about most frequently? How do you deal with your worry?

Child:  

What can help you worry less about something that might happen?

 

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time          Knowing our strength

Reading I            Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28 (reward of fidelity)

Reading II          Romans 3:21-25a, 28 (justice apart from the Law)

Gospel                 Matthew 7:21-27 (conclusion of Sermon on the Mount) 

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” (Matthew 7:24–25)

 

Adult:  

What values have provided a strong foundation for you and your family?

Child:  

What have you learned from your family that helps you make good decisions?

 

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time         Lord of mercy

Reading I            Hosea 6:3–6 (insincere conversion)

Reading II          Romans 4:18–25 (inheritance through faith)

Gospel                 Matthew 9:9–13 (call of Matthew)

Key Passage      As Jesus sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. (Matthew 9:10)

 

Adult:  

How does the fact of Jesus’ dining with sinners challenge you?

Child:   

Who in your class or neighborhood could you help feel more welcome and accepted?

 

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time                 The compassion of Jesus

Reading I            Exodus 19:2–6a (requirements of the covenant at Sinai)

Reading II          Romans 5:6–11 (sinners saved by Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 9:36—10:8 (the compassion of Jesus; mission of the Twelve)

Key Passage      Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. (Matthew 10:8)

 

Adult:

What responsibility do you have to the less fortunate, and how actively are you meeting it?

Child:   

In what ways can you be generous to others this week?

 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time     The reassurance of faith

Reading I            Jeremiah 20:10–13 (Jeremiah’s faith in crisis)

Reading II          Romans 5:12–15 (mankind’s sin through Adam)

Gospel                 Matthew 10:26–33 (reassurance to the Twelve)

Key Passage      Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  (Matthew 10:28a)

 

Adult:  

When has your faith in Jesus been most seriously tested?

Child:   

What could you do to encourage someone who is feeling hurt?

 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time             Showing Christ to others

Reading I            2 Kings 4:8–11, 14–16 (Elisha and the Shunammite woman)

Reading II          Romans 6:3–4, 8–11 (death to sin, life in God)

Gospel                 Matthew 10:37–42 (conditions and rewards of discipleship)

Key Passage      Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)

 

Adult:  

When have you felt more fully alive by giving of yourself to another?

Child:   

When have you been able to put what someone else needs ahead of what you want for yourself?

 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time             Laying down your burdens

Reading I            Zechariah 9:9-10 (restoration under the Messiah)

Reading II          Romans 8:9, 11-13 (indwelling of the Spirit)

Gospel                 Matthew 11:25-30 (Jesus and his Father)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28–29)

 

Adult:  

When has Jesus refreshed you when you felt burdened by problems?

Child:  

What burden do you need Jesus to help you carry?

 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time                 Seeds of faith

Reading I            Isaiah 55:10-11 (triumph of God’s word)

Reading II          Romans 8:18-23 (destiny of glory)

Gospel                 Matthew 13:1-23 (parable of the seed)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and                brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:7–8)

 

Adult:  

How do you provide “good soil” for the faith of others to grow?

Child:  

What are you doing to help the seeds of your faith grow each day?

 

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time                Overcoming weakness

Reading I            Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 (on God’s mercy)

Reading II          Romans 8:26-27 (the intercession of the Spirit)

Gospel                 Matthew 13:24-30 (the parable of the weeds)

Key Passage      Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)


Adult:  

What weakness can the power of the Spirit help you overcome? 

Child:  

When will you need the help of the Holy Spirit this week?

 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time           Commitment

Reading I            1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 (wisdom of Solomon)

Reading II          Romans 8:28-30 (God’s love for all)

Gospel                 Matthew 13:44-46 (the treasure and the pearl)

Key Passage      The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,  which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)

 

Adult:  

What would you be willing to “sell,” or do without, in order to achieve your dreams for yourself or your family?

Child:  

What good thing do you want so much that you would give up something else to get it?

 

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time             Acting with courage

Reading I            Isaiah 55:1-3 (invitation to grace)

Reading II          Romans 8:35, 37-39 (indomitable love of Christ )

Gospel                 Matthew 14:13-21 (Jesus feeds five thousand)

Key Passage      For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all  creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)

 

Adult:

To whom could you bring the assurance of Christ’s love this week?

Child:  

Jesus fed the crowds today. How does he offer you spiritual nourishment?

 

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time            Faith in the Lord

Reading I            1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 (Elijah’s flight to Horeb)

Reading II          Romans 9:1-5 (grief for the Jews; God’s free choice)

Gospel                 Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus walks on water)

Key Passage      Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)

 

Adult:  

When have you doubted the loving care of God for you as the apostles did in the boat?

Child:  

How do you know that Jesus is with you at all times?

 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time              All are welcome

Reading I            Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 (the Lord’s house open to all)

Reading II          Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 (Israel’s final conversion; the triumph of God’s mercy)

Gospel                 Matthew 15:21-28 (faith of the Canaanite woman)

Key Passage      For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)

 

Adult:  

The woman in this story was persistent in prayer. For what do you pray insistently?

Child:  

For what do you ask God to give you most often?

 

Twenty–first Sunday in Ordinary Time           Representatives of Christ

Reading I            Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 (Eliakim chosen by God)

Reading II          Romans 11:33-36 (praise of God)

Gospel                 Matthew 16:13-20 (Peter the rock)

Key Passage      He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15–16)

 

Adult:  

If you were asked, how would you explain Jesus to a person who had not heard of him? Child:  

Who do you tell people Jesus is?

 

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time     Come, follow me

Reading I            Jeremiah 20:7-9 (Jeremiah’s interior crisis)

Reading II          Romans 12:1-2 (sacrifice of body and mind)

Gospel                 Matthew 16:21-27 (first prophecy of passion and resurrection; doctrine of the cross)

Key Passage      Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

 

Adult:

In what concrete ways do you take up your cross and follow Jesus?

Child:  

When has it been difficult to be a follower of Jesus?

 

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time        Helping others grow

Reading I            Ezekiel 33:7-9 (the prophet a watchman)

Reading II          Romans 13:8-10 (love fulfills the Law)

Gospel                 Matthew 18:15-20 (fraternal correction)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.” (Matthew 18:15)

 

Adult:  

How have you been able to follow Christ more closely because others patiently loved you? Child:  

How can you help another person do the right thing?

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time     Forgiveness and mercy

Reading I            Sirach 27:30-28:7 (call to forgiveness and mercy)

Reading II          Romans 14:7-9 (to live and die for Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 18:21-35 (the merciless official)

Key Passage      Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21–22)

 

Adult:  

When someone hurts you, how do you forgive them?

Child:  

When have you forgiven someone who treated you unfairly?

 

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time          God’s generosity

Reading I            Isaiah 55:6-9 (seeking the Lord)

Reading II          Philippians 1:20-24, 27 (spreading the gospel)

Gospel                 Matthew 20:1-16 (the laborers in the vineyard)

Key Passage      [The landowner] said “Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” (Matthew 20:14–15)

 

Adult:  

What lessons do you draw from today’s Gospel? How has God been generous to you in this way?

Child:  

Who is generous to you, even when you do not always deserve it?

 

 

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time         The challenge to forgive

Reading I            Ezekiel 18:25-28 (personal responsibility)

Reading II          Philippians 2:1-11 (imitating the humility of Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 21:28-32 (parable of the two sons)

Key Passage      A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, “The first.” (Matthew 21:28–31)

 

Adult:  

When have your actions not measured up to your promises? What was the outcome?

Child:  

Why is it important to follow through on your promises to others?

 

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time    Dealing with injustice

Reading I            Isaiah 5:1-7 (the vineyard song)

Reading II          Philippians 4:6-9 (joy and peace in Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 21:33-43 (parable of the tenants)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” (Matthew 21:43)

 

Adult:  

How have you used your talents and abilities well for the Reign of God?

Child:  

What can you do in your week to help the love of God grow in the world?

 

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time      Living our faith

Reading I            Isaiah 25:6-10 (a feast for all peoples)

Reading II          Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 (generosity)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:1-14 (the wedding banquet)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

 

Adult:  

How do you translate your faith into the work of the Reign of God?

Child:  

What three things can you do this week to show that you are a follower of Jesus?

 

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time       Social responsibility

Reading I            Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (a model for believers)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:15-21 (paying tax to the emperor)

Key Passage      At that [Jesus] said to them “Give therefore to the emperor  the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

 

Adult:  How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?

Child:  

Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time                 Love of neighbor

Reading I            Exodus 22:20-26 (social laws)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (a model for believers)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:34-40 (the greatest commandment)

Key Passage      [Jesus] said to him “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37–39)

 

Adult:  

In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you loved your neighbor as yourself?

Child:  

Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor?

 

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time            Sincerity of heart

Reading I            Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8–10 (punishment for imperfect sacrifices)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 (Paul’s sincerity)

Gospel                 Matthew 23:1-12 (hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.” (Matthew 23:3)

 

Adult:  

Is there an area of your life in which you sometimes feel like a hypocrite?

Child:  

Why is it important for you to live according to how you believe?

 

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time       Actions and consequences

Reading I            Wisdom 6:12-16 (the availability of wisdom to those who seek)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (resurrection of the dead)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:1-13 (parable of the ten virgins)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

 

Adult:  

We meet Christ sometimes when we least expect it. How can you be ready to see him in all the ways he is present?

Child:  

What are some surprising ways in which you meet Christ in your daily life?

 

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time          Using your gifts

Reading I            Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (the ideal wife)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (the need for preparation)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:14-30 (parable of the silver pieces)

Key Passage      [The servant said,] “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:20b–21)

 

Adult:  

What gift have you not developed as you had hoped? What could you still do?

Child:  

What gift has God given you? What do you want to do with it?

 

Christ the King                             The final judgment

Reading 1:          Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 (parable of the shepherds)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 (Christ, the first fruits)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:31-46 (the last judgment)

Key Passage      [The Son of Man] will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do               it to me.” (Matthew 25:45)

 

Adult:

Who are the least of your sisters and brothers for whom you do care? Who are those whom you ignore?

Child:  

To which person did you especially try to show the love and care of Jesus?

 

SEASONAL FEASTS: CYCLE A

 

Immaculate Conception

Reading I            Genesis 3:9–15, 20 (the fall)

Reading II          Ephesians 1:3–6, 11–12 (the Father’s plan for salvation)

Gospel                 Luke 1:26–38 (announcement of the birth of Jesus)

Key Passage      Genesis 3:14 (Adam and Eve banned from the garden)

 

Adult:  

How is Jesus born into your own heart, allowing you to live more in light than darkness?

Child:   

How do you know Jesus lives within you? What are the signs of that?

 

Christmas: Midnight

Reading I            Isaiah 9:3–6 (the Prince of Peace)

Reading II          Titus 2:11–14 (transforming of life)

Gospel                 Luke 2:1–14 (the birth of Jesus)

Key Passage      Isaiah 9:5 (a Child:  is born)

 

Adult:  

Why is knowing Jesus important in your life?

Child:   

How do you experience Jesus when you give a gift to someone else?

 

Ash Wednesday

Reading I            Joel 2:12–18 (the day of the Lord)

Reading II          2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 (ministry of reconciliation)

Gospel                 Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18 (purity of intention; prayer and fasting)

Key Passage      Joel 2:13 (conversion of heart)

 

Adult:  

What attitude of your heart would you like to change during Lent this year?

Child:   

What do you ask Jesus to help you improve inside of you?

 

Ascension

Reading I            Acts 1:1–11 (Jesus’ final instructions and ascension)

Reading II          Ephesians 1:17–23 (exaltation of Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 28:16–20 (I am with you always)

Key Passage      Acts 1:8 (power to proclaim the good news)

 

Adult:  

Jesus promises to be with us always. How do you experience his presence most?

Child:   

What good news about Jesus could you share with someone?

 

Assumption: Vigil

Reading I            1 Chronicles 15:3–4, 15; 16:1–2 (the ark brought to Jerusalem)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 15:54–57 (glorification of the body)

Gospel                 Luke 11:27–28 (true happiness by keeping the word of God)

Key Passage      Luke 11:28 (blessing to those who keep the word of God)

 

Adult:  

What does it mean to “keep the word of God”?

Child:   

When is it hard for you to obey your parents?

 

All Saints

Reading I            Revelation 7:2–4, 9–14 (rejoicing of the elect)

Reading II          1 John 3:1–3 (Children of God)

Gospel                 Matthew 5:1–12 (the beatitudes)

Key Passage      Revelation 7:10 (salvation  comes from the Lamb)

 

Adult:  

When you heard the Beatitudes today, which one struck you personally?

Child:   

Which  of the Beatitudes would you most like to have more of?