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. 

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The Gospel
January 24

Repent and believe the good news.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark1:14-20

After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and told the good news that comes from God.

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.

Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Then they abandoned their nets and followed him

Jesus walked on and soon saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee.

They were in a boat, mending their nets. At once Jesus asked them to come with him.

They left their father in the boat with the hired workers and went with him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

After sharing the Gospel with your child, the prayer, reflection, questions, and activities below will help them to better understand the scripture message, and apply it to their lives. The following can assist you in breaking open the Word with your child.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank you for your invitation to follow you. I promise to do my best to make good choices and do good things. Thank you for always loving me. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Reflection

Today we heard a story about God calling us to follow. Jesus invites Simon, Andrew, James and John to stop what they are doing and fish for people. Like the disciples, God is also inviting us to stop what we are doing and follow Him. Sometimes that means that we must stop doing things that are mean to ourselves or others. That also means sometimes we must start doing things that are good.

What are some things that you do that God might want you to stop doing? (Give some personal examples like fighting with your sister, not listening to your parents, not including everyone in the game at recess). What are some things that you think God might want you to do to be a follower of Jesus? (Give some personal examples such as smile at someone who looks sad, call my Grandmother to say, “Hi”, help my dad clean the yard, participate at Mass every week, collect presents for hurricane victims). Keep in mind that God knows that none of us are perfect. We will be forgiven and loved even if we make mistakes as long as we say we are sorry and try to do better.

Discussion

1. What does it mean to be “fishers of people?” How can you fish for people?

2. Because God has called you to be a follower, what one thing will you promise to stop doing this week and what one thing will you promise to do this week?

Activity

Play follow the leader. The leader will do things like giving hugs or handshakes, smiling at someone, telling someone that they are special, etc.

Another option that works if you have multiple children is have them create a short skit using the Gospel reading. The skits should be fun as well as insightful.