Sunday School Updates– Week 11–October 22–2023-2024– “Paying Taxes to the Emperor”

For Parents To Teach To Their Children

Our Readings

“Paying Taxes to the Emperor”


The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion,
for you do not regard a person’s status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
“Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax.”
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”
They replied, “Caesar’s.”
At that he said to them,
“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”


Our Reading for Children

“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector”

“Jesus told the following story to show how

important it is mot to be conceited or to look down on others.”

Two men went to the temple to pray.

One was a Pharisee, the other a collector of taxes.

The Pharisee stood in the middle of the court, and addressed God confidently.

‘I thank you, Lord, that I am better than other men,

that I am not dishonest nor corrupt, 

that I am superior in every way to people like that little tax collector over there.’

The tax collector stood meekly in a corner,

believing himself unworthy even to raise his eyes toward heaven.

Bowing his head, he whispered,

‘Please, Lord, show mercy to me, a sinner.”

‘Now’, said Jesus, ‘it was the tax collector who went home with his sins forgiven.

Everyone who thinks himself higher than others will be humbled; everyone who is humble will be lifted high.'”


Source: The Children’s Illustrated Bible 

Stories Retold By Selina Hastings, Illustrated By Eric Thomas


Luke, CHAPTER  18:14


“I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;

for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”


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Please explain the difference between the Sadducees and the Pharisees in the Gospels.

(An Excellent Explanation for Parents and Older Kids.)

From Catholic Answers.

A Painting Of A Jewish Prayer Shawl, Like Jesus Might Have Worn

“The Lost Coin” Luke, CHAPTER 15:8-10


“A woman loses one of her silver coins.

She immediately lights a lamp and sweeps the house,

looking everywhere for it.

‘There it is! I’ve found it!’

She quickly calls to the neighbors: ‘Come celebrate with me!’

‘I’ve found the coin I lost’!”


Our Painted Coins, As From The Time Of Jesus

The Lord’s Prayer

Illustrated by Tim Ladwig

“The images evoke the tender relationship between father and child, but more importantly, they beautifully illustrated the words of The Lord’s Prayer.
As young children see that seeing God’s will”on earth as it is in heaven” can mean painting a fence, or sharing a sandwich, they’ll sense that Jesus’ words are not just about how we talk to God, but how we live as well.” Christian Parenting Today

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

 I found it easy to coordinate the book, The Lord’s Prayer, and the daughter who finds her grandma’s gold necklace.

How does the daughter, about age eight, struggle with her conscience?


“The Lost Coin” is a very short parable, but a great match for the book of  The Lord’s Prayer.

The Old Woman Finds Her Coin and Celebrates!



Our Family Art Project

This week is focused on a painting or drawing of  The Lord’s Prayer.

I used a 6″ by 6″ pre-fabricated canvas, but any material that is sturdy

such as watercolor paper, will work for this painting.

I used Kwik Stix (solid tempera sticks) completely for this painting.

I think the Kwik Stix are beautiful and easy for children and adults of all ages.

They dry in 90 seconds!


Using the Colors of Tad Ladwig from “The Lord’s Prayer”


“We are all children of God.”


The Color Red—“”Palm Sunday, Good Friday, celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, of Apostles, and of Evangelists; celebrations of Martyrs” Source: USCCB .org “Liturgical Year”

The Glory Be

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

 As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.