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Gospel

Sunday 26th June 2022

Luke 9: 51-62

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
 
Jesus resolutely set his face towards Jerusalem. I will follow you wherever you will go.
As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’ But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village.
As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me,’ replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.
 
 

Understanding the Gospel this week

 
 

Luke 9: 51-62

Focus:
The first reading and the Gospel both tell of the call to follow God. The call is not easy, nor is it something that can be done on an occasional basis. God wants nothing less than a full commitment.
Have there been times in your life when you have been acutely aware of God calling you to do something in particular? Are there times when you’re not sure what God wants? Are there times when you try to block out God’s call?
Fortunately for us, we have a loving and forgiving God, so even if we fall by the wayside, we can always start afresh and know that we are still loved.

 
Discuss with your children:
  • In today’s gospel Jesus asked people to come with him. How did they react?
  • Jesus asks all people to follow him. Who do you know who follows Jesus?
  • How do you know they follow Jesus?
  • Who here today is a follower of Jesus?
  • What can we do to show that we are followers of Jesus?


Parents Notes:
Our focus this weekend is explaining and discussing with your child/ren- being ready and willing to follow Jesus. Discuss some things we can do to get ready and the purpose for this planning – spreading the news about the Kingdom of God!
True followers are ready when Jesus calls to us!

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Gospel

Sunday 3rd July 2022

Luke 10: 1-9

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
 
The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.
 
Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house.
 
Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”
 

Understanding the Gospel this week

 

Luke 10: 1-9

 “Your peace will rest upon him.”
Focus:
Just as the disciples set out to spread the good news of our salvation through Jesus, we are called to spread the good news. We are loved by God in the same way that a mother loves her child. We belong to God and we must show, by the way we live, that we believe that.
The Gospel tells of the call to follow God. The call is not easy, nor is it something that can be done on an occasional basis. God wants nothing less than a full commitment.
Fortunately for us, we have a loving and forgiving God, so even if we fall by the wayside, we can always start afresh and know that we are still loved.
 
Discuss with your children:
  • Who has been sent on an errand?
  • What did you have to do?
  • In today’s gospel Jesus sent his followers out with his message of good news. What was the good news that they brought to the people they met?
  • We are also followers of Jesus who are sent out with the good news. How can we be Jesus’ messengers this week?


Parents Notes:
Talk with your childr/en about belonging to God, and how we too, like the disciples, are called to spread the news of Jesus. Further discuss how does your child/ren feel they belong in their family? How is this sense of belonging shown to others in their world? 
Discuss ways where your child/ren may have opportunities to show who and how they belong to their family this week. 

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For our young children 1-5 years of age, this lovely book preview shows 10 simplified Old Testament stories for children, including Creation, Noah and the Ark, Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, Samuel, David and Elijah.