Children, in this week’s Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 Jesus answers a question from some Sadducees about the resurrection of the dead.
Father Marcin and I have agreed that it would be good if the parish knew a little more about what is happening in school and the school community had the benefit of Fr Marcin’s thoughts on the week’s Gospel:
What is heaven like? Sometimes we say things like “This dessert is heaven!” or “I’m in heaven” when we are lying on a warm sunny beach. Often heaven is pictured as a place up in the sky in the clouds with big pearly gates.
Two of our readings this coming Sunday talk about “the end of time” or heaven. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that in heaven we will be like angels. “Awesome” you think, “How do I get there?” Some people believe that all you have to do is follow a list of rules the Church created; keep the Ten Commandments, pray every day, be nice to people. It’s like having a checklist or earning a scout badge. When you fulfil the requirements you get to go to heaven. Some of those people are in for a big surprise though! They may follow all of the rules but if they don’t have Jesus in their hearts and lives they will be very disappointed.
Heaven isn’t so much as a place but a way of living with God as our best Father, best Mother and best Friend. God gives us his friendship (heaven) as a gift when we treat God as our friend and grow that friendship throughout our lives. Everything about God is good. Please, keep in mind that even though heaven is a gift, it is our responsibility to always work at becoming better friends with God. We can do this by praying, following the Ten Commandments, learning from the Bible, going to Church, helping other and being loving to everyone.
Everything you do must be measured on how it helps or hurts your friendship with God.
Please, please, never forget that Jesus Christ asked us to receive Him in The Holy Communion because with Him, it is a truly different life, and an easier way to Heaven.
See You on Sunday at Mass. Fr Marcin and Andrew Olive, Headteacher
Closing prayer: lets pray “Dear God, Thank you for Jesus who reminds us that we belong to you and to each other. Thank you and Amen”
Children what do ou think happens after a person dies.
There are many things that we do not know about our life after we die, but the most important things we do know.
The Sadducees were a group within Judaism in Jesus’ time. As the Gospel tells us, they did not believe in resurrection. Other groups within Judaism in Jesus’ time did believe in resurrection. Some Sadducees tested Jesus with a question about what happens after a person dies; their question had to do with marriage. Jesus’ answer suggests that life after death will be different from our life on earth. Let’s listen to today’s Gospel Luke 20:27, 34-38. and hear something that Jesus said about resurrection.
What were some of the things that Jesus suggested about life after death?
Jesus’ response to the Sadducees shows that we sometimes miss the most important things about what God has planned for us because we get stuck in the details of human existence. Jesus wants us to open our minds and hearts to the possibilities that God has in store for us. Our imaginations are too small when it comes to God!
Our faith tells us that when we die our life is changed, but it is not ended. This is good news because we know that we will continue to share a relationship with God even after our death.
Let’s pray together today’s Psalm or pray for those who have died.
Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 He is God, not of the dead, but of the living
Some Sadducees – those who say that there is no resurrection – approached Jesus and they put this question to him, ‘Master, we have it from Moses in writing, that if a man’s married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Well then, there were seven brothers. The first, having married a wife, died childless. The second and then the third married the widow. And the same with all seven, they died leaving no children. Finally the woman herself died. Now, at the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife since she had been married to all seven?’
Jesus replied, ‘The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection they are sons of God. And Moses himself implies that the dead rise again, in the passage about the bush where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all men are in fact alive.’
Children in our culture often know very little about death, dying, and eternal life. Take this opportunity to talk with your children about their thoughts, beliefs, maybe even their fears, about death and dying.
In the Gospel this week, Jesus tells us that after we die, we will not need the same things we did when we were alive, but we will continue to have a relationship with God. You could use the example of a tree to help your children understand what Jesus tells us. When a tree is alive it needs water, soil, and sunlight. When the tree is used to make a table, a toy, or something else it has a new purpose. The tree no longer needs water, soil, or sunlight. Read together the short form of the Gospel, Luke 20:27, 34-38. Tell your children about your hope and faith in the resurrection of the body and eternal life with God. Pray together for those in your family who have died and conclude by praying today’s Psalm.