- Invite someone to dinner who doesn’t get out very much or who is alone. Remind the family that anyone who comes to your home is your guest and is to be welcomed as Jesus would be welcomed.
- Talk about pride and humility with your family. Is it dangerous to exaggerate your own importance? Does anyone know someone who does that? Why do we sometimes try to appear to be what we are not? Why do we sometimes fail to recognize our own worth? Discuss what today's Gospel teaches about pride and humility. Explain that true humility is knowing our own worth but also knowing the worth of others.
- Invite family members to create placemats and name cards for the dinner table using colored paper and markers. Have family members place their name cards on the table. Go around the table and write on the name cards the gifts and talents that each person has to give. Then discuss the virtue of humility. When we are humble, we recognize our special gifts and the gifts of others. Let each person read his or her name card before the family meal.
- Have a discussion about courtesy and manners to help your family focus on living in humility. Review table manners. Talk about how our manners show respect for the people with whom we eat. Expand the conversation to talk about courtesy. Why is courtesy important when people live or work together? What does rude behavior do to relationships between people? As an example, ask the children if they have ever cut in line or had someone cut in line in front of them. Talk about how they felt.
Reflect on humility and hospitality in this weekend's gospel.
Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings as a family:
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