RESPOND: How do you respond to Jesus' teaching on reconciliation?
Set aside 5-10 minutes this week to read the gospel story aloud with your children. Take a moment to think about how you might like to respond to the gospel while you read it and immediately after. You could paint or draw, sculpt something out of clay or playdough, maybe even make up a dance or a song. Its completely up to you. Just see how the gospel moves you this week!
Matthew 5:21-26, 33-37
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not hurt anyone’; and ‘whoever hurts someone shall be in trouble.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a friend, you will be in trouble; and if you insult a friend, you will be in trouble; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be sad afterwards. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your friend has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your friend, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your friend while you are on the way to school with them, or your friend may tell the teacher, and the teacher the principal, and you will have detention. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have said sorry to them.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to God.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is her footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No.'