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.
What are our shared beliefs?
- Jesus is the messiah who came to save us from slavery
- Jesus rose from the dead
- Jesus came to give us great joy
- The messiah came to earth
- Mary was God’s mum
- The angels informed the shepherds that Jesus was born
- 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!)
- Families of the Catholic Church
- Mary mother of God
- People who go to church
- Seminarians, priests, sisters, nuns
- Having school mass
- Confession / Reconciliation
- Readings from the Bible
- The Psalms
How does our community reach out to others?
- Charity, almsgiving (spelt armsgiving – cute!)
- Donate: food, toys, money, to the parish, for people
- Giving orphans a home that is safe
- Vinnies, Vinnies Christmas Appeal, Vinnies Soup Drive
- Say something when you know it was wrong
- Show them that we follow God
Why do Catholics celebrate Eucharist?
- It’s Jesus’ Soul, Divinity, Body and Blood
- We praise and glorify Jesus
- To thank Jesus Christ for what he did for us
- To remember all his glory
- It’s a way of talking to God
- To understand what Jesus’ mission was and to know what he did to help others
- Catholics celebrate Eucharist as a
symbolremembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross (that came complete with its own cross out!)
How does the Eucharist benefit Catholics?
- It cleanses them from sin
- Their hearts fill with joy
- Always there to protect us from harm
- To share the Body and Blood of Christ
- Leads you away from sin
- Fills us with more of Christ’s love
- 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!