Week Five of Summer Sunday School
For Parents To Teach To Their Children
“God is love…”
“Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”
Source: USCCB.org 1 John, chapter 4
“A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.”
Our Art Gallery
“Hearts, Love, and Light!”
Our Reading–From USCCB. Matthew, Chapter 5:13-16
“The Similes of Salt and Light”
“’You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.'”
Mark 9:38-43; 45; 47-48
“Reflection” by Meggie K. Daly.
“Today’s Gospel has two topics that may seem unrelated. In the first four verses the Apostle John is upset because another man, not a disciple of Jesus, is casting our demons, in Jesus’s name. Jesus tells John not to worry because performing a “mighty deed” is His name is always a good thing. The last two, quite famous, verses concern the serious nature of leading others into sin. Christ says that when leading others into sin, “it would be better […] if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.'”
“We have many opportunities to pray for unity and to hold up, in love, other non-Catholic Christian brother and sisters. That good example is powerful. In 6th grade Sister Mary Madonna spoke about the evil of gossip, but her lesson extends to the bad example of any sin. She said that gossip is like throwing the contents of a feather pillow from a mountaintop and then trying to gather them back up.”
Ask Your Children:
“Do I think before I speak and act considering the consequences to those who witness my actions?”
“Lord Jesus, help me to look for the good in others that I can build up with kind words. Give me your eyes to see where I have failed and can do better.”
Avoiding Sin–Tools To Help Us
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.
“The New Commandment” USCCB. John, Chapter 13:34-35″
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The Ten Commandments
Given to Moses By God
1. I AM THE LORD THY GOD: THOU SHALT NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.
2. THOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN.
3. KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY.
4. HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER.
5. THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
6. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
7. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.
8. THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR.
9. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR’S WIFE.
10. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR’S GOODS.
Source: Michael Hains, “The Ten Commandments” EWTN
A Child’s Version of the Ten Commandments
“The Golden Rule”
“Do unto others as you would have then do unto you.”
Our Art Project– Using crayons or markers on paper, or any other material, invite your child to draw a heart or cross. The sample below is painted on a 6′ X 6′ pre-fab panel. I dripped a lit candle over the canvas before painting. When the wax hardened, I scraped off the wax to leave only a bit of wax. This made the wax drippings paint resistant. I used a Sharpie marker for the words. If your child prefers, he or she can draw what comes to mind. A drawing of a lantern or candle would be an excellent choice for the “Similes of Salt and Light” from our Bible reading.