It is to such as these…

Jesus Blesses Little Children

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

(Mark 10: 13 – 16 NRSV)

I love my job. I hate the marking and report-card writing, enjoy the holidays and don’t overly mind lesson planing but what I love most is the students. I love the glimpses I receive into their faith life. God uses them to teach me many things. An overaching idea of the curriculum in my year level is understanding what strengthens the faith of a community. Without a doubt, working with my students strengthens my faith.

Lasset_die_Kindlein_(Uhde) - let the children come to meHere are some questions I put to the students in my grade recently and some of their responses. It is a kind-of 7 Quick Takes as I’ll give 7 of my favourite answers from each question!

What are our shared beliefs?

  1. Jesus is the messiah who came to save us from slavery
  2. Jesus rose from the dead
  3. Jesus came to give us great joy
  4. The messiah came to earth
  5. Mary was God’s mum
  6. The angels informed the shepherds that Jesus was born
  7. Catholics believe in the Trinity while Jews only believe in God the Father. They don’t believe that Jesus Christ is the messiah. Our shared beliefs are Jesus is a historical figure.

Who and what strengthens the faith of our community?                                                 (I couldn’t keep this at seven so made a list of seven Whos and a list of seven Whats!)

  1. Families of the Catholic Church
  2. Mary mother of God
  3. People who go to church
  4. Seminarians, priests, sisters, nuns
  5. Angels
  6. Pope
  7. Saints
  1. Having school mass
  2. Lent
  3. Rosary
  4. Confession / Reconciliation
  5. Readings from the Bible
  6. The Psalms
  7. Hymns

How does our community reach out to others?

  1. Charity, almsgiving (spelt armsgiving – cute!)
  2. Donate: food, toys, money, to the parish, for people
  3. Giving orphans a home that is safe
  4. Vinnies, Vinnies Christmas Appeal, Vinnies Soup Drive
  5. Say something when you know it was wrong
  6. Show them that we follow God
  7. Prayer

Why do Catholics celebrate Eucharist?

  1. It’s Jesus’ Soul, Divinity, Body and Blood
  2. We praise and glorify Jesus
  3. To thank Jesus Christ for what he did for us
  4. To remember all his glory
  5. It’s a way of talking to God
  6. To understand what Jesus’ mission was and to know what he did to help others
  7. Catholics celebrate Eucharist as a symbol remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross (that came complete with its own cross out!)

How does the Eucharist benefit Catholics?

  1. It cleanses them from sin
  2. Their hearts fill with joy
  3. Always there to protect us from harm
  4. To share the Body and Blood of Christ
  5. Leads you away from sin
  6. Fills us with more of Christ’s love
  7. It makes our souls stronger. Jesus is giving us his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

I see why we need to become like a little child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

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