During preparation for
Eucharist, we recall our Baptism. Through baptism
we become children of God. Because of our baptism
we are called to live as children of God. We
are called to serve one another and love one
another, just as Jesus did.
The Eucharist nourishes us for our Christian
life. We gather for Mass to pray together and
to share a meal. Through the Eucharist we become
the Body of Christ in the world.
As we prepare children to come to the table
of the Lord, it is important for us to help
them understand that being the Body of Christ
in the world means serving one another. Help
the children understand what it means to be
Bread for the hungry and the poor.
We live in a society of instant gratification.
We can put coins in machines and immediately
a snack or a soda appears. We can pull up to
a drive-thru window of a fast-food restaurant
and have an entire meal in minutes. Help children
understand that for some people, hunger is a
real and life-threatening experience. Help them
develop patterns which raise consciousness and
encourage them to make regular contributions
to food shelves or shelters.
"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you welcomed me."
Based on Matthew 25:35
- As a family, prepare a holiday meal with all
the trimmings and donate it to a food shelf,
or deliver it to someone who is homebound.
Volunteer time at the local food shelf. Food
shelves need people to organize donations for
storage and distribution.
- Make homemade desserts
for a shelter.
- Learn more about hunger in the world and
what you can do to help.
- Look into purchasing livestock for a poor
community in another part of the world through
organizations such as Heifer Project International.