- This weekend's readings teach us that God has a special concern for people who are poor and lowly. In what way is that concern reflected in your parish? In your family? Reflect as a family on your attitudes about those who are poor in your community. Discuss ways your attitudes need to change and how you as a family will make the changes needed.
- Volunteer your time at a shelter for the homeless, a soup kitchen, a thrift store, a literacy program, or some other facility that reaches out to people who are poor. Try to get to know as persons the people who come there.
- Jesus addressed this weekend's parable to those who thought they were better than everyone else. Together with your family, discuss the importance of being yourself and not trying to be like someone else. Talk about the dangers of regarding other people as "better than" or "less than" yourself.
- Sit down with your family and come up with a good definition for the word humble. Use the dictionary, or write the definition in your own words. What does the word humble mean? Challenge your family to live the definition of humble. Make a commitment to live as humbly as you can for one week.
“It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples.”
Reflect on the feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty works of mercy below: