October 8, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
Summarize by reminding the children that friends are people we can laugh, talk and play with. We also listen to and care about our friends. When God created the world, human beings were made to be partners. Jesus wants us to be good friends and partners for one another.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Mark 10:2-16.
• What does Jesus say about man and woman?
In today’s gospel reading Jesus tells us that marriage is sacred. When two people love and care for each other they reveal what God’s love is like. Jesus helps husbands and wives to love each other and to live together as friends.
In the gospel reading today we see how much Jesus loves children. When the disciples try to turn children away from Jesus, he tells them to let the children come to him. Then, Jesus blesses all the little children. Jesus knows that the children accept and love him. He tells his disciples that they should be more accepting and loving like the little children.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
(If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.)
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
All of creation reflects God’s love. The birds of the air and animals of the fields show us the beauty of God’s work. Man and woman were created as partners. We believe that God wants us to live together in friendship and love. When we do that, God’s love is made known throughout the world.
• Where do you find signs of God’s love?
(In your discussion be sensitive to the reality that many children have experienced a divorce in their family. Today’s discussion may also lead to the topic of annulment. The Church believes that some marriages do not represent the kind of intimate union between two people that God intended at the beginning of creation. Therefore an annulment can be granted to those divorced couples whose marriage was never a sacramental marriage.)
The Gospel in Life
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