The Gospel Weekly

At this time when we are not fully gathering at Mass, we are unable to provide Children’s Liturgy of the Word. However, you are invited to take some time to break open the Word with your children through “The Gospel Weekly”. Each week we will provide the Gospel text as well as a prayer, reflection, questions and activities to help your child better understand the Scripture message.

Note: The Gospel and the readings have been prepared for the children by The Committee on the Liturgy National Conference of Catholic Bishops in such a way that it does not alter the meaning, but is easier for them to understand. These readings have been approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See. 

The Gospel
April 25, 2021

Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, 

Thank you for being our friend, our helper and our teacher. Help us today to be the boys and girls that you want us to be. Help us grow to make your world a better place like you did. Help us Jesus to be like you. In your name we pray.

Amen

Gospel

The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

 † A reading from the holy gospel according to John 10:11-16

 Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep. 

“Hired workers are not like the shepherd. They don’t own the sheep, and when they see a wolf coming, 

they run off and leave the sheep. Then the wolf attacks and scatters the flock. 

“Hired workers run away because they don’t care about the sheep. 

“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and they know me. 

Just as the Father knows me, I know the Father, and I give up my life for my sheep. 

“I have other sheep that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them together too,

 when they hear my voice. Then there will be one flock of sheep and one shepherd.” 

The gospel of the Lord.

Discussion

Today Jesus is telling us that he is our role model that we should be like him. What ways can we try to be like Jesus? How do you feel when you try to be like Jesus? Why do we want to be like Jesus? 

Musical Activity:

If you have access to the music, sing “I’ll Be A Sunbeam.” dd

Something to think about… Together families can decide to be like Jesus just like a single person can try to act this way. What can you do together that will show the world we want to be like Jesus? Today, together, think of one act of kindness that will show someone else the love of Jesus. Who benefited the most — your family or the recipient of your kindness??