According to the
31º Ordinary Sunday
- cycle A -
JESUS TELLS WE ONLY
HAVE ONE MASTER, FATHER AND TEACHER.
That the children discover how Jesus
advises us that there is only one whom we may call Father, Master and Teacher.
Place the following in large
letters on the notice board: ONE MASTER: THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE
FATHER; THE CELESTIAL FATHER, ONE TEACHER: JESUS.
Dear children: To live in a
group, in community, in a family is difficult if we don't follow
Jesus' advise. Today he will tell us something very important, so we
will be attentive in every moment.
-Dear Jesus: We give you
thanks for everything you teach us, because we know that you tell us
the truth, you are not mistaken. We want to know you better and
allow ourselves to be enlightened by the Spirit to overcome doubt
and temptation. Amen.
The group is divided in
three or four small groups, depending on the number of children. To
each small group is handed over six words:
HUMBLE-PROUD-GREET-FORCE-SERVE-BROTHERS, so that they can write a
story and make a drawing. When finished there is communication
between all the groups to display the task realized. The catechist
asks how they have felt and whether they experienced any difficulty
in the task; in agreeing about the subject of the story or the
drawing. Stress, a bit, the difficulties of integration but without
The catechist invites the children
to listen to the message of Jesus and to discover how profound is this
The Gospel of Matthew 23, 1-12
Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, 'The Scribes and the
Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell
you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since
they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay
them on men's shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they!
Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader
phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at
banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously
in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi. You, however, must
not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one Master, and
you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you
have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to
be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will
be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.
-Why does Jesus tell the people not
to imitate the works of the Scribes and Pharisees?
-What was it that the Scribes and
Pharisees like that Jesus reproaches them?
-To whom does Jesus say we should
call Master, Father and Teacher?
-What does Jesus say that those who
want to be the first among others should do?
Jesus strongly scolded the scribes
and pharisees because the deceived and manipulated the people. The forced
the people to observe laws that they didn't observe, they dis things to be
seen and called Master, Father, Teacher, they lived from appearances. Jesus'
message is clear: We should only call Father, the Father Celestial; Master
to only one: the Spirit who leads us and Teacher, Jesus. The greatest among
us should be the one who serves the most. This will be the road to the
Kingdom, serve and not to be served. Now we can discover why it is difficult
agreeing on how to do the task. We believe that we know more than others, or
we are more capable. Jesus teaches us that the road of humility and what we
should do because our life is having contact with others, we are not alone.
- Today we recognize that only the Lord helps,
teaches and guides us, reciting Psalm 23, which is one of the many
prayers of the Old Testament and that Jesus and the Virgin Mary also
learned and prayed:
Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
In meadows of green grass he lets me lie.
To the waters of repose he leads me;
there he revives my soul.
He guides me by paths of virtue for the sake of his name.
Though I pass through a gloomy valley, I fear no harm;
beside me your rod and your staff are there, to hearten me.
You prepare a table before me under the eyes of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, my cup brims over.
Ah, how goodness and kindness pursue me, every day of my life;
my home, the house of Yahweh, as long as I live!
consult Psalm 22 in the bible at home, and I will recite it every night.
-I will write down the words
that are unfamiliar to me to ask the catechist its meaning or search for
them in the dictionary. Remember that I made a list of needy people. I
will visit one of these people this week.