Family Page – 5th Sunday of Easter
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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!
5th Sunday of Easter
As you read through today’s readings, ask the family to pay special attention to the Gospel and to count how many times the word “remain” is used.
This Week’s Readings
- Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31
- Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
- 1 John 3:18-24
- John 15:1-8
Jesus is the one true vine, flowing through us – creating, connecting, and nourishing us. When we are broken or cut off from Jesus, we wither just like real plants do when they have not been taken care of. If we maintain our relationship with Jesus, we remain connected to him. It’s important to keep Jesus at the center of our lives so that our connection to the vine remains strong!
What to Do Next
If you have a houseplant, place it in the middle of wherever you are sitting so all can see the plant. See if everyone can point out the “vine.” Which part of the plant are the “branches?” Does the plant have any “fruit?”
Which part of the plant is Jesus and which part are we? Give some examples of what comes out of us (the fruit); good examples would be what we say or do or what we think and feel. Now ask the family to care for the plant. Make sure it is watered and perhaps using a cotton ball or swab and some clean water, everyone could take turns gently caring for the leaves.
Now ask the family members what they can do to take of themselves and remain in Jesus. What would happen to the plant if we split it in half to grow in two pots? Is plant B’s vine still part of plant A’s?
Explain that we can split plants, but it’s not a good idea to split our hearts. Its always important to keep our heart with Jesus!
Enjoy the remaining part of your Sunday!