For Parents To Teach To Their Children
“Paying Taxes to the Emperor”
Matthew, CHAPTER 22 USCCB
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.”
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector/Luke 18:9-14 (Children’s Video)
Click on Link Below
(An Excellent Explanation for Parents and Older Kids.)
From Catholic Answers.
“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.
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!