- Learned basic prayers through activities and projects, like charms and Prayer Bears.
- Last Supper projects in preparation for their First Holy Communion.
- Completed matchstick crosses and created a prayer box.
- A living Stations of the Cross was presented.
- ACRE is completed! Assembled a cross mosaic and discussed the upcoming weekend's Gospel reading.
- Prepared a native meal of featured countries and gave a presentation from the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl collection. This week's country was Mexico.
In this Gospel, John tells the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The story is significant because it is likely that his action was his last miracle before Jesus began the journey toward his own death. Jesus was called to Bethany to save his friend, but instead waited several days to return. This action confused Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, because they knew that Jesus could have healed their brother. Jesus used the incident to strengthen the faith of Mary, Martha, and all who believed. He made sure that Lazarus was raised from death so that the people could witness God’s glory.
Reflection for Families
The healing power of Jesus brings new life to all of us. Are there some things in our lives that cause us to die to others? Perhaps we are impatient, ungrateful, critical, or quick to anger. Maybe we’re proud, boastful, or envious. Jesus promises us new life if we trust in him and allow our actions to follow his ways.
Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
If there are members of your extended family who have died, share with one another what this passage might mean for them. What hope does the reading give us for ourselves and for our loved ones? How does new life that we can see this spring help us know what Jesus promised? As you did last week, bring some symbols of God’s promise to your prayer table.
- The best example I saw of the new life Jesus promises was…
- Like Mary and Martha, my faith was strengthened when…
- This story brings me hope because…
When infants are baptized, parents, with the help of the godparents, assume responsibility for raising the child as a follower of Jesus. The process of maturation in the faith is much like the example found in the story of the man born blind. The man is cured of his blindness, a symbol of his sin. Each time he meets someone after the healing, the man comes to a deeper awareness of who Jesus is. In a similar way, we who are baptized continue to mature in faith as our relationship with and knowledge about Jesus grows.
Invite each member of your family to draw a timeline of his or her life. On the timelines, ask family members to identify significant moments in their lives, especially their life of faith. Invite each person to reflect upon who Jesus was to him or her at each significant moment. How has each person's relationship with Jesus changed or matured? Then read together today's Gospel, John 9:1-41. Note how the relationship between Jesus and the man born blind changes and grows throughout the Gospel. Pray together that your relationship with Jesus will continue to grow and develop, becoming ever deeper. Conclude by praying together the Lord's Prayer.
[from Loyola Press Sunday Connection]