Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B
Welcome children to their worship space.
Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.
Introduce yourself and your helpers.
Explain: Today is the Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Ask: Does anyone remember what our symbol was for last Sunday? ( hearts joined together) And what did it mean? <last week’s symbol stood for the love in our families>
Say: Today’s readings are about treasure.
Ask: What is a treasure? <gold, silver, jewels> What is the word we use to describe someone who owns a treasure? <rich> Who wants a treasure? <everybody> Why do you think everybody wants treasure? Is there anything that is not good about owning a lot of treasure or money? <you have to spend a lot of time thinking about it, worrying about keeping it and figuring out what to do with it>
Say: Now we are going to practice the Responsorial Psalm, that part between the readings where you get to help. The Responsorial Psalm comes from the Bible just like our readings do. Today’s psalm is: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! Can you say this with me? <Have the children repeat it.>
Say: Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Word of God.
Say: Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament, the book of Wisdom. (Wisdom 7:7-11)
Explain: First of all, does anybody know what the word WISDOM means? <knowledge, being able to understand> This reading compares wisdom to treasure. Let’s see if we can understand what that might mean.
Have the reader read the first reading.
Ask: What do you think? How is wisdom like treasure? <everybody wants it, people think you are important if you have it, maybe it can make your life better> Can you think of other gifts God has given you that are like a treasure? <love, family, friends, church, happiness>
Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm. Your part is to say:
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!.
Say: Next we’ll have the Gospel reading. The Gospel selection today is from the book of Mark. (Mark 10:17-27). Mark tells us a story about a rich young man who came to Jesus. He asked Jesus what he needed to do to get into the kingdom of heaven. Let’s pretend that we are the people around Jesus who are listening and learning and hear what he tells this good young man.
Say: Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card) Alleluia! Alleluia!
Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”
All respond: Lord, let your Word be in my mind <make cross on forehead>, on my lips <make cross on lips>, and in my heart <make cross on heart>
Read: Read the Gospel
Ask: What did Jesus say? <He told the young man to give away all his money> The young man went away very sad. Why do you think that was? Why do you think that Jesus said that it was hard for rich people to get into heaven? <if you are rich, you spend a lot of time taking care of your riches. God wants us to trust in him and give our time and thought to him> Are there other things in our lives (besides money) that take up our time and thought and get in the way of trusting in God? <being worried, being angry, thinking a lot about ourselves)
Hand out the Banner and Offertory symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a treasure chest)
Explain: Color this symbol of the treasure chest and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!) to show that we have learned about what the Scripture tells us about the kind of treasure that is important to God.
Ask: What can you do this week to bring you closer to God? Is there one thing you can do to bring treasure into someone else’s life? If you can, write that on the back of your symbol.
If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.
While they are coloring, explain how we will go back into the church, up to the front with our gifts and rejoin our families.
Count out the parent letters, stickers and hand-outs to go home. Give them out as the children leave.
|Cut this small symbol out of light yellow paper for the communal poster|
|Use this graphic to make the banner symbol out of construction paper and the full sheet coloring page|
Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Today your children heard a simplified version of the same readings that you heard: Wisdom 7:7-11 and Mark 10:17-27
To reinforce at home:
Today we talked about treasure, the good things about treasure and the bad things - like how much time and effort you have to put into taking care of it! In Wisdom, knowledge is likened to treasure - a far greater treasure than silver and gold. We talked about things in life that are far more important than money like love and happiness.
We talked about appreciating the treasures we all have, and we talked about not letting things, especially things that might seem good, come between us and God.
Activities to do at home:
*Talk with your child about one thing that you spend a lot of time on that gets in the way of what God might want you to do with your time. An example might be a television show that might get in the way of relating to a family member, or maybe worrying too much might get in the way of the joy God wants for us.
*What is your treasure? Discover with your child a very special treasure that you have that doesn’t cost a lot of money - like reading a story together or blowing bubbles.
Thank you for sharing your children!