Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 26, 2005
Read Sunday's Gospel, Matthew 10:37-42.
While Jesus' words may seem harsh in this Gospel where he tells his followers
to leave their families in order to spread the Good News, he simply stresses
the value of being a missionary. Whatever our sacrifice, our reward will be
great beyond measure.
Reflection for Families
As parents we spend most of our missionary work offering a cup of cold water
to our children. That is to say our actions are not great feats, rather they
are the simple and ordinary ways we live our lives doing simple but good deeds
that witness the present and coming Kingdom of God. We shouldn't worry that we
don't know a lot of theology to pass on to our children. What we pass on to them
in our everyday living out of our beliefs is far greater.
Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
For one week, have each family member keep track of strangers they encounter–either
in check-out lines, waiting for something (elevator, bus, to cross the street,
etc.). Be proactive in welcoming these people to God's Kingdom. Maybe you let
them in, on, or across first. Perhaps you smiled and greeted them with friendly
words. If they needed assistance, you came forward. At the end of each day, share
these experiences as a family. Lift up those strangers in your family's evening
- One thing our family always does to help people feel welcome is . . .
- The person I love to visit most is . . . because . . .
- One person (or group of people) that is hard for me to welcome is . .
. because . . .
Connection to Faith First©
Faith First At Home Family Guide, Theme 7
Faith First Kindergarten, Chapters 16 and22
Faith First Grade 1, Chapter 11
Faith First Grade 2, Chapter 12
Faith First Grade 3, Chapter 11
Faith First Grade 4, Chapter 12
Faith First Grade 5, Chapter 12
Faith First Grade 6, Chapter 13
Faith First Junior High—Liturgy and Morality, Chapter 5