Family Page – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome to the Family Page!
To help you and your family make the most of this weekend’s celebration while choosing to stay home in light of the pandemic, Ann has compiled some resources and activities for families. We hope you find them helpful!
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
As you gather to celebrate this Sunday in your home, ask each family member if they remember to say thank you when they receive a gift or a kind gesture.
This Week’s Readings
- Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
- Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b
- Matthew 22:15-21
The Pharisees (leaders who were very strict in following the law) were always trying to catch Jesus saying something wrong. They were also jealous of Jesus because he was so popular with the people. Jesus often criticized the Pharisees and of course, they did not like that. They were trying to trip up Jesus when they asked what to do with their money.
Even back in Jesus’ time, people had to pay taxes, so Jesus told them they should give to Caesar what was owed. He added that people should give to God as well. He didn’t want them (or us) to give money, he wanted us to say thank you for all we’ve been given.
Ask the family what kinds of things God has given. Maybe some people are good at listening, cooking, and organizing. Others are good at art, singing, and math. God has gifted each of us and simply asks that we say thank you and use those gifts for the good of others.
What to Do Next
There is a little poster that goes with this page with the words, “We give our lives to God” on it. Have family members write or draw something each day that they can do to say thanks to God!
For adult pondering: Consider the many ways you are called to work for the Kingdom. What can you do this week to “give the Lord glory and honor?”
Have a great Sunday!