Family Page – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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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!
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
As you are getting ready to sit down to read through and discuss the readings for today, ask your family members to come up with a list of names of Jesus. For example, Light of the World, Prince of Peace, teacher, etc.
This Week’s Readings
- Jeremiah 20:10-13
- Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
- Romans 5:12-15
- Matthew 10:26-33
Today we return to Ordinary Time; if you went to or watched Mass, did you notice anything different in church? Hopefully, participants will say the colors were different and Christmas decorations are put away for another year.
The Gospel stories help us to learn more about Jesus and his ministry; we see Jesus in a more human way because there is mention of eating, sleeping, working and teachings. While these things seem ordinary, we know from hearing the stories before, that Jesus is not ordinary. Take a look at the list you compiled of the names of Jesus. Such extraordinary names given to Jesus which call to mind his divinity and his humanity as well.
What to Do Next
Again, looking at the different names of Jesus, which names speak to your heart? Which names help the younger ones to know who Jesus is and what his mission is all about? Ask those younger ones if we call Jesus “Teacher,” what will we learn from him? Remember to be taught something means we need to listen, ask questions, and do things to help us understand the concept. If Jesus is asking us to be his followers, we have to listen to what this means, we have to ask what do we need to do, and take the steps we need to so we can follow. To illustrate this for the younger family members, play the game “Red Light, Green Light” to practice the listening. For older kids and adults, ask them to look back at their week and see if they can name moments when God spoke to them; this will help us to see how God is present in the every day moments.
For adult pondering: John the Baptist prepared people for Jesus – he was a true instrument of God. Think about someone who has helped you recognize the voice of God in your life. Say a pray of thanksgiving for him or her.
Have a great Sunday!