Sunday School–Week Sixteen–“The Kingdom of God”

“He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal [the sick].”

Source: USCCB.Org Luke, chapter 9:1-2

“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.’

Source: USCCB.org Luke, chapter 6:20

 

For Parents to Teach to Their Children

We Learn Through Storytelling

“The Wise and Foolish Maidens”

“TO EXPLAIN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, Jesus told the following story:”

“There were ten young women at a wedding feast who went one evening to wait for the bridegroom’s procession to arrive, all of them carrying lamps. Ten maidens fall asleep while waiting for the bridegroom…Five wise maidens have extra oil for their lamps…Five foolish maidens have nothing. The five foolish maidens go to buy oil. While they are gone, the bridegroom arrives and takes the wise maidens to the wedding.

When the foolish maidens returned, they beat with their fists on the closed door–‘Sir, sir, please let us in!’

But the bridegroom answered, ‘I do not know you, therefore I cannot let you inside.’

‘So,’ said Jesus, ‘always be prepared, for you do not know know when the son of God will come.'”

This story is called, The Parable of the Ten Virgins.”   Source:  USCCB.Org  Matthew, chapter 25

A parable is “a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.”  Source: OxfordDictionaries.com  

Jesus taught his followers using parables to help them learn important concepts. He also taught and listened to them in various locations:  

Source: The Children’s Illustrated Bible Pages 252-253

The Children’s Illustrated Bible

We learn Through Reading

The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount

“The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:”

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4)
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)”

Source: NewAdvent.org

Child’s Guide to the Beatitudes

This helpful book for children, written by Kathy DellaTorre O’Keefe, illustrated by Anne Catherine Blake, explains the meaning of the words of “The Beatitudes.” It is a lovely story about a class, taught “The Sermon on the Mount,” by the students’ priest.

We Learn Through Song

“Blessed Are They” by The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir

We Learn By Writing

This is a simplified version of the words in The Beatitudes. Young children may want to draw a bee as a memory tool to learn the word “Beatitudes,” Which means “blessed.” Have a conversation about the meanings of the words below. Older children may want to write complete sentences below each word, such as, “A Person who’s humble doesn’t brag.”  Invite your child to come up with antonyms- opposite words- or synonyms–words with same or similar meanings– for the vocabulary here. Make a poster like the one here!

A Simplified Version for Young Children

At this same time, “Jesus taught them how to pray.”

Source: My First Communion Bible Page 26

We Celebrate Through Art

This cross is a simple trace and color project. I used lovely, glitter pens to quickly color it. The designs that decorate the paper are from a great resource, Art Play, “Combining Colors.”

Kingdom of God Cross

 

Our Materials

Suggested Homework Activities

This week, Praying the Rosary will be a “homework activity.”
How to Pray the Rosary Source: Catholic Child’s Prayer Book  By Rev. Thomas J. Donaghy St. Joseph Junior Books, Page 15

“We begin the Rosary with the sign of the Cross (for this is the way that we begin all of our prayers.)

After this, we pray the Apostles’ Creed. This is a very ancient prayer that proclaims the important truths of our faith.

After the Apostle’s Creed, we pray one Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory Be.

Now we come to the most important reason we pray the Rosary: to meditate on the Mysteries of our Faith. We proclaim each of the five Mysteries, followed by one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

Remember, the reason for praying the Rosary is not to tally how many prayers we can say. It is to meditate on God’s love as shown in the lives of Jesus and Mary. This is why we hold the Rosary while we pray, so that we can keep track of the number of prayers we have said.”

“The Third Luminous Mystery” Source: Rosary-Center.Org

“THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM”

  1. “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
  2. “My kingdom is not of this world.”
  3. “Unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.”
  4. “Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it.”
  5. “I have come to call sinners, not the just.”
  6. “Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.”
  7. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  8. “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.”
  9. “Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  10. “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church… I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”

“Spiritual Fruit: Desire for Holiness”

Please read a from Catholic Child’s Bible with your child about “The Sermon on the Mount.”

Below is an excerpt from A Catholic Baby’s First Bible. It is simple and lovely for children 4-7 years of age:

“Jesus Speaks to the People” Page 67
Matthew 5:1-12; 6:5-15 Luke 6:17-26; 11:1-5

“One day Jesus went to a mountain top and spoke to the people. He said, ‘Love everyone, even those who are not kind to you. Treat others as you want them to treat you, and ask God your Father for whatever you need.'”

A Catholic Baby’s First Bible
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