Week of April 7, 2019: Anointed With Oil (Ages 0-4)

Updated: Apr 17, 2019


Faith To Go Podcast: Mary Anoints the Anointed One

Hosted each week by the Faith Formation team at St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Jackie Pippin, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your conversations throughout the week



Activity Time: Jesus' Feet

Supplies: paper, scissors, markers


Help children to trace their foot on a piece of paper and then help them to cut it out. Have the children ‘anoint’ Jesus’ foot by drawing gifts that they would like to give him.


-Adapted from Sermons4Kids


Story Time: Gospel Reading and Reflection

Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.


Discussion Questions:

1) I wonder what happened in this story.

2) I wonder what Mary did.

3) I wonder how it would make you feel to have someone put oil on your feet.

4) I wonder why it would make you feel that way.

5) I wonder what you think of Judas’ response.


Dinner Time: Tasks Set Before Us

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.


Prayer-

Forgiving God, stay with me

As I walk through Lent

For these next forty days.


Help me to learn more about myself

During this time you have given me for

Prayer and discernment.


Open my eyes as I walk with Jesus at my side,

So that I can see any

new path you want me to follow.


Open my ears to what you are saying

When I read and

study the Bible.


More than anything, know that I’m sorry

To have forgotten you this past year.

I seek to return to you more fully in the coming days.


This I pray in the name of

My guide,

Your Son, Jesus.


-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


Questions:

1. I wonder what is something that you have to do that you don’t enjoy doing.

2. I wonder how it makes you feel.

3. I wonder why you don’t enjoy it.

4. I wonder why this thing is still important to do well.

5. I wonder if it’s important to give your best to that thing.


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.


John 12:1-8


Six days before Passover, Jesus and his disciples were in Bethany, where Lazarus and his sisters lived. (Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, remember?) Martha put on a lovely dinner for them. After supper, Mary brought out some very expensive perfumed oil and massaged Jesus feet with it. Then she wiped them dry with her hair. The whole house was full of the fragrance. Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples, the one who was going to betray Jesus to the authorities, ruined the moment by saying, “I can’t believe you didn’t sell this perfume and give money to the poor.” It’s not like Judas cared at all about the poor. He said that because he was a thief. He was the treasurer of the disciples and used to steal from the money they had set aside.


Jesus said, “Back off. Leave her alone. She honors me with this beautiful perfume and her care of me. She bought that perfume to prepare me for my burial. You always have the opportunity to help poor people. You won’t always have me here with you in the flesh.”

-God’s Word, My Voice: A Lectionary for Children


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?

Share some of your conversations in the comments below:

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