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.
1) What happened in this story?
2) What did Mary do?
3) How would it make you feel if someone put expensive oil on your feet?
4) Why would it make you feel that way?
5) What do 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.
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
Your Son, Jesus.
1. What is a task that you don’t enjoy a lot?
2. How does it make you feel?
3. Why don’t you enjoy it?
4. Why is that task still important?
5. How might it be important to give your best to that task?
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.
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.”
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: