Sunday, February 3, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Daily Readings:

Heb 11:32-40; Ps 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24; Mk 5:1-20

Reflection:  In the Gospel reading today we see a man who was healed and given a new chance to live life again.  Because of all that Jesus had done for him, he pleaded with Jesus to let him join Jesus.  Instead, Jesus tells him to go back to his family and tell everyone about what has been done for him.  When God does great things in our lives do we recognize that those gifts, talents, and blessings come from God?  Do we praise God and tell everyone we meet about the wonderful way God has blessed our lives?

Reflection for kids:  Jesus healed a man whose illness had made it so he could no longer live in his home with his family.  Because that man was so thankful for Jesus healing him, he told everyone about Jesus and what a wonderful man he was.

Big Picture:  Praise God for your blessings

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Do you have any talents or abilities that allow you to perform well in school, or in a sport, or in music or art?  Who has given you all of those talents and abilities?  (God blesses us with many gifts and abilities that we can share with others.  Through hard work we can do great things with the gifts that God has given us.  We must remember, though, that all that we have has been given to us by God.)  How do we thank God for all the ways he has blessed us?  (By telling others that your gifts and talents are from God.  By giving praise and thanks to God for all the ways He has blessed your life.)
     Older saints:  Who has blessed you with all the talents and abilities you have in your life?  Do you give praise to God when others compliment you on your talents and abilities, or do you take all the praise for yourself?  How can you more fully praise, honor, and thank God for the ways He has blessed your life?

Fun Fact:  The word “Alleluia” is Hebrew for “praise to God.”

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Joan of Valois
     What they are remembered for:  St. Joan was the daughter of King Louis XI.  She suffered much throughout her life due to her physical disability, but she accepted this with patience.  Her father forced her to marry the man who would become King Louis XII, but he divorced her after ascending the throne.  She went on to start a contemplative order of nuns, called the Sisters of the Annunciation.
     Feast day:  February 4
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