“From the Bible: Gratitude” from Blessed First Reconciliation, Page 17
“When we take time to pray, reflect, and count our blessings, we realize that God has blessed us in so many ways.
Gratitude is th best response to any blessing. There is a wonderful story in the Gospel of Luke about gratitude.
One day. while Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem, ten me with leprosy approached him and asked him to cure them.
Most people would not go anywhere near a person with leprosy because the disease is very contagious, but Jesus had mercy un them.
He blessed them and said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”
Along the way, the lepers realized that they had been healed. It was a miracle!
When one of the lepers saw that he was cured of this horrible disease, he was filled with joy and immediately went back to Jesus and praised him at
the top of his voice.
Jesus asked the man, “Where are the others.”
Our Gospel Reading
The Gospel According to Luke, 17:11-19 USCCB
“The Cleansing of Ten Lepers.”
“As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met [him]. They stood at a distance from him
and raised their voice, saying, ‘Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!’
And when he saw them, he said, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests.’ As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply, ‘Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?’
Then he said to him, ‘Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.’”
Happiness, Free Will, and Making Decisions
Catholic children have tools in their toolbox for making good choices. From kindergarten, they learn about The Ten Commandments. They start to work on The Beatitudes at this early age, and they learn about “Works of Mercy” both Corporal and Spiritual in first and second grade. Making an ethical or moral choice is a lot clearer with these guidelines. Having a “Moral Compass” that is internalized helps us listen to our conscience. Then, when it is time for First Reconciliation, children learn to use The Ten Commandments, and the other teachings, for an “Examination of Conscience.” The Moral Compass within, given to us by God, keeps us on the right path.
The Moral Compass graphic was designed by Kim N. Buckley.
The Greatest Commandment, Given To Us By Jesus
The Great Commandment ~ “The Double Love Commandment”
Jesus Taught Us–Matthew 22:37
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love God. Love Others.
Our Art Project for Kids of All Ages! Try drawing or painting a simple picture of the leper thanking Jesus.
Mary and “The Magnificat”
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my savior,
for he has looked with favor on me.
From now on all generations will called me blessed.
For the mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.”
“Closing Prayer” Blessed First Reconciliation, Page 28
“We are all children of God.”
Blessed FIRST RECONCILIATION Page 10