Updated: Mar 25
Faith To Go Podcast: The Power of Mercy
Hosted each week by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Charlette Preslar, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.
Activity Time: Read Horton Hears a Who! By Dr. Suess
Horton is the perfect example of someone that takes care of this whole town. Even through they were different than him, other animals made fun of him, and he had to work hard to see them, he wanted to make sure they were just as tended to. (Watch it here if you don't have the book)
Story Time: Gospel Reading and Reflection
Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.
1) What did Jesus try to teach people?
2) What did the man ask Jesus?
3) Who is the man’s neighbor?
4) What happened after the man was attacked?
5) What does Jesus want us to do with our neighbors?
Dinner Time: Who Is My Neighbor?
Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then discussion questions to explore this week’s topic with your family while you eat.
The days are getting longer.
Keep your Spirit in my heart and mind
during this growing season.
Be with me as I finish the school year,
participate in summer activities,
enjoy the gift of summer turning into fall.
Help me recognize your works in all that I do
and at play,
so that I can give thanks for all you provide,
even without my even asking.
1. Who are your neighbors?
2. Do you have a favorite neighbor?
3. What do you like about this neighbor?
4. Are you a good neighbor?
5. What does Jesus teach us about being a good neighbor?
Bedtime: Reflections for Children at the End of the Day
During your bedtime routine, invite your children into a time of reflection about their day, maybe by saying, "Did you know that God really wants to know what happened in your day today, and that God is always listening whenever you need to tell God something?" Then continue with these questions:
1) What are some things that happened today that you want to tell God about?
2) What is one happy thing that happened today? What is one sad thing that happened today?
3) Did you see God or feel God with you when those things were happening? Where did you see or feel God when those things happened today?
4) Read to your children this week’s scripture selection, then ask the questions that follows.
(read by assigned person)
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, `Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Did the story remind you of anything that happened in your day today?
5) What are some things that you want to tell God that you are grateful for today?
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