Our Great Journey
Welcome to our weekly summer digital post, designed to share ideas for Living the Gospel at Home. This blog is meant to be interactive, so please share ideas, photos and resources that you have tried at home. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most meaningful.
This weekend, We read about the Transfiguration of the Lord, Matthew 17:1-9.
In the Transfiguration, Jesus reveals his true nature – truly God and truly human at the same time – to his followers Peter, James, and John. His face and clothing became brilliant, and Moses and Elijah were conversing with him as an equal. The voice of God declares that Jesus is his beloved Son. The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he “will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body”.
Things to talk about:
- Why do you think Jesus wanted Peter, James, and John to see him transfigured?
- Imagine you were on the mountain with Peter, James, and John. What would it be like to hear the voice of God say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him”?
- Jesus loved the apostle John very much. Jesus loves you just as much. How does it make you feel to know that Jesus knows and loves you?
Things to do:
- As the first week of school is completed, take the time as a family to Go Fishing! Casting a line with the kids is a classic, relaxing way to spend a Saturday. Find a local lake or stream, and enjoy the opportunity to get away from the hectic schedules. God is present in so many ways through nature and through quiet time together!
- How can you watch real items be transformed into something else? Build a Root Beer Float. Add 3 scoops of vanilla Ice Cream to a tall glass, pour root beer over ice cream and serve. What began as 2 separate ingredients transforms into a delicious treat.
- As a family, read a passage from the Gospel of Matthew and spend 5 minutes listening to what God wants to say to you through this passage.
- In mass this week, find the Transfiguration window. Talk about who is depicted in the beautiful art. Discuss how art can give us a sense of awe and wonder for our faith. Churches found all over the world are amazing works of art themselves – take a journey HERE.
Fun Fact – August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day!
Blessings for an awesome week!
Start off the new Faith Formation season at the Parish Mission—RESTORED
Friday, August 11—Saturday, August 12. Adult/Teen & Middle School & Elementary sessions. Childcare available. Join us for the entire mission, Friday or Saturday. Take this opportunity to look at RESTORING ourselves, our relationships, our community. Come and be inspired by John Edwards, Just a Guy in the Pew. Registration closes August 7.
Remember to register for Our Great Journey.
Weekly sessions begin August 27. We can’t wait to see you.