Monday, February 4, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Daily Readings:
Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32; Mk 5:21-43

Reflection:  Such profound and humbling words are found in today’s letter to the Hebrews.  We are reminded that in our time here on earth we are running a race toward one goal.  While society would tell us that goal is material possessions and a place of honor, our one goal is heaven.  We must rid our lives of the burdens and sins that keep us from that goal.  This is not an easy task sometimes.  We are surrounded by witnesses and those who will learn from our example of striving for heaven.  While our race is not easy, it pales in comparison to the race run by our Lord and Savior.  “Do not be afraid; just have faith,” and continue running the race!

Reflection for kids:  Our one goal in our life is to follow Jesus’ example and life a life of love and kindness so we may join Him in heaven.  We also must set an example for others to show them the way to heaven.

Big Picture:  Do not be afraid

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What is a sin?  Do sins keep us from God?  What should we do if something is our life tempts us to sin?  (We should try to avoid those situations or remove things from our lives that cause us to sin.)  Is this always easy or fun?  (No, sometimes it is very difficult, but we have to remember that sin keep us from God.  We want to do all that we can to be closer to God, even if it is hard work.)
     Older saints:  What burdens and sins in your life are keeping you from God?  What should we do with those things that keep us from God?  How can you remove those burdens and sins from your life?

Fun Fact:  God is all-knowing and knows all our thoughts, words, and actions.  We can try to hide things from people, but we can never hide anything from God (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 17).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Agatha
     What they are remembered for:  St. Agatha was arrested for being a Christian and was martyred for her faith at a young age.  Few details about her life are known for certain.
     Feast day:  February 5
     Patron saint of:  Palermo and Catania

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