Jesus’ Teachings Must Grow In Us | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

We must prepare our hearts so Jesus’ teachings can grow within us!

Gospel Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s gospel, we hear the Parable of the Sower. Jesus tells the people about the seeds that fell on hard ground, seeds that fell on rocky ground, seeds that fell into thorns, and seeds that fell into good soil. The seeds remind us of Jesus’ teaching. The different places the seeds fall, remind us of our hearts. 

This parable reminds us that if we do not turn to Jesus, or if we love anything more than we love Him, He cannot find a home inside of our hearts. We have to love Jesus with our whole heart and obey His teachings, then He can live and act in us.

Jesus Will Always Help | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

Jesus will always help us with hard stuff just like parents help their children!

Gospel Reflection for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s gospel, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” When we are tired, angry, worried, or frustrated, we can turn to Jesus for help, and He will always be there for us.

Jesus also mentions “little ones” in today’s gospel. Children have to trust their parents, older siblings, and others to take care of their needs. Jesus wants us to trust Him the way that children trust their parents. He will never let us down, so we can bring Him all of our problems, and all of our worries, and all of our pain, because He loves us, He will help us, and He will walk beside us every step of the way.

Love Jesus First | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

Jesus teaches that we must love Him before anyone else in our lives!

Gospel Reflection for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s gospel, Jesus says, “Whoever loves mother or father more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me”. This does not mean that we should not love our parents or our children. Jesus is telling us that we have to love Him more than anything or anyone else on earth.

We are also reminded that Jesus lives inside of each of us, and when we are nice to others, we are actually being kind to Jesus. Jesus said, “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” That means if we help our Mom or Dad, or we play with someone who is lonely, or if we spend time with our brothers and sisters we are actually doing it all for Jesus since He lives inside of every person.

Jesus Explains Sin | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

Jesus explains sin and how He loves us even when we sin!

Gospel Reflection for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells His disciples, “do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both the body and the soul….” Jesus is telling us that we should try as hard as we can to stay away from sin. When we sin, we hurt God and we also hurt our souls. Even when we sin, Jesus is waiting for us in the Sacrament of Confession so that we can say we are sorry. Jesus forgives us through the priest and our souls are clean and healed.

We like feeling loved, safe, and protected, so Jesus told His disciples, “do not be afraid.” We are safe with Jesus because He loves us, and He will always protect us just like He cares for all of His creation. 

Gospel for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

Jesus tells the people about the mystery of Holy Communion!

Gospel Reflection for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the people “I am the living bread that came down from heaven”. He tells them that His body and blood will give them eternal life. They were confused and said, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”. But Jesus was really talking about the mystery of Holy Communion.

During the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and wine and turned it into His body and blood so that He could be with us in a special way. This was the first consecration! Today, during every Mass, the priest says the words of consecration that Jesus said during the Last Supper: “take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body” and “take this, all of you, and drink of it, for this is my blood.”

When we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, He comes to live inside our hearts, and He fills us with life.

Gospel for Pentecost Sunday | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit and gives power to the disciples to forgive sins!

Gospel Reflection for Pentecost Sunday

In today’s gospel, Jesus appears to His disciples after He has risen from the dead. He tells them to be at peace. Jesus also gives them the power to forgive sins. The disciples were the first priests. Today, we can tell our sins to a priest and receive forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession.

We hear in the prayer of absolution during confession that “Jesus sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.” Because Jesus sent His Holy Spirit, the disciples, and now all priests, are able to forgive sins in the name of Jesus – Jesus forgives our sins through the priest.

Jesus loves us more than we can imagine, and He wants us to be free from sin so that we would be at peace with Him and free to love Him with our whole heart. 

Gospel for the Feast of the Ascension and the Seventh Sunday of Easter | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

This Sunday, depending on where you live, you may hear the readings from the Feast of the Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Here are reflections for both!

The Feast of the Ascension

Jesus Tells His Disciples to Spread the Gospel.

Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Jesus speaks to God the Father at the Last Supper.

Gospel Reflection for The Feast of the Ascension

In today’s gospel, Jesus and His disciples are gathered on a mountain. He tells them that they have a job to do. They learned so much from Jesus while He was with them, and now it is time for them to tell others what they learned.

Like the disciples, we have the gift of faith, but now we need to share it with others. We can do this by telling others about Jesus, but also by living the way that Jesus wants us to live.

 When we listen to Jesus’ commandments and teaching, the whole world will be able to see Jesus in us. We can take our love and faith in Jesus, and share it with others.

Gospel Reflection for The Seventh Sunday of Easter

In the gospel, we hear Jesus’ words from the Last Supper as He speaks to God, His Father. Jesus loved us so much, He came into the world to save us from our sins by dying on the Cross.

Jesus wanted the whole world to know Him and love Him. He died so that we would all be able to live with Him one day in Heaven.

Love is really special, but sometimes, it can be painful. Jesus showed us how much he loved us by dying for us.

We can show Jesus we love Him by offering him our sacrifices and other small acts of love.

We are God’s children, and He will always love us and take care of us.

Gospel for the Feast of the Ascension | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

Gospel for Thursday, May 21, 2020

Jesus Tells His Disciples to Spread the Gospel.

Gospel Reflection for The Feast of the Ascension

In today’s gospel, Jesus and His disciples are gathered on a mountain. He tells them that they have a job to do. They learned so much from Jesus while He was with them, and now it is time for them to tell others what they learned.

Like the disciples, we have the gift of faith, but now we need to share it with others. We can do this by telling others about Jesus, but also by living the way that Jesus wants us to live.

 When we listen to Jesus’ commandments and teaching, the whole world will be able to see Jesus in us. We can take our love and faith in Jesus, and share it with others.

Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter and the Seventh Sunday of Easter | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids

This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday of Easter, however, you may hear the reading for the Seventh Sunday of Easter instead. Here are reflections for both!

Gospel Reflection for The Sixth Sunday of Easter

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells His disciples that if they love Him, they will obey Him. He also tells them that He will send the Holy Spirit to be with them so that they will never be alone.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us love God more. When we love someone, we can show them we love them by the way we act.

By obeying God, we are showing Him how much we love Him. The Ten Commandments are meant to teach us how to better love God and the people around us.

The Holy Spirit guides us and gives us the strength we need to love God with all of our heart. We are never alone because Jesus is always with us in the Eucharist, He is always watching over us.

Gospel Reflection for The Seventh Sunday of Easter

In the gospel, we hear Jesus’ words from the Last Supper as He speaks to God, His Father. Jesus loved us so much, He came into the world to save us from our sins by dying on the Cross.

Jesus wanted the whole world to know Him and love Him. He died so that we would all be able to live with Him one day in Heaven.

Love is really special, but sometimes, it can be painful. Jesus showed us how much he loved us by dying for us.

We can show Jesus we love Him by offering him our sacrifices and other small acts of love.

We are God’s children, and He will always love us and take care of us.

The Epiphany: Come and Adore

The Feast of the Epiphany

“On the twelfth day of Christmas…”  January 6, we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany!  This special day celebrates the coming of the Magi – the three wise men (or kings), from the East who followed a star and came and adore Jesus.

The definition of the word “epiphany” is a divine or supernatural manifestation – just as the wise men discovered Jesus.

“We Three Kings”

Who were the three kings?  Their story is shrouded in legend and tradition but it is believed that they were skilled at watching the stars.  They knew about the many prophesies that spoke of the Messiah and when they saw the bright star they knew something special was about to happen – that the Messiah had finally arrived.

The Magi traveled for a long time – roughly three years.  Their first stop was to visit King Herod in Jerusalem because they thought that the King of the Jews would be born in a palace.

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?  We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”  Matthew 2:2

Herod was furious because he did not know that Jesus’ kingdom would be a heavenly one and he thought that his power was in danger.  The chief priests and scribes of Jerusalem told Herod what the scriptures had said:

And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.  Matthew 2:6

King Herod then secretly met with the Magi and asked them exactly when the star appeared.  He then told them that they could find the King of the Jews in Bethlehem.  He told them:

“Go and search diligently for the child.  When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” Matthew 2:8

“Westward Leading, Still Proceeding”

The Magi set out for Bethlehem and eventually they came to the house where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were staying.  They gave Jesus the gifts they brought for Him – gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Gold because Jesus is king; Frankincense because Jesus is God; and Myrrh because Jesus would one day die upon the cross to save us from our sins.

As they prepared to leave Bethlehem and return home, God warned them in a dream to avoid Herod and so they took a different way home.

Herod was furious when he found out that the Magi tricked him.  Because he still felt threatened by this newborn King of the Jews, he ordered the killing of every baby boy from birth to three years old.  God warned Joseph in a dream that they should flee to Egypt and so Joseph and Mary escaped to Egypt and Jesus’ life was spared.

“We Traverse Afar”

There are many special ways all around the world to celebrate the Epiphany.  In some countries, children open presents on the Epiphany instead of Christmas.  Some people believe the Magi bring the presents instead of Santa Claus.  Christmas decorations can be taken down on the Epiphany but some people choose to wait until Candlemas – the Presentation of the Lord.

In almost every country, there is a special cake associated with the day and many of the foods and sweets associated with this day have many spices to symbolize the spices the Magi gave Jesus.  Spanish children write a letter to the three kings asking for a special grace, blessing, or virtue for the year ahead.  In Ireland, the Epiphany is sometimes known as Women’s Christmas, a day when the men take over so the women could rest from all the hard work of preparing for Christmas.

House Blessing

On the Feast of the Epiphany, it is very special to ask the blessing of God on your house throughout the following year.  This blessing can help us remember that God is a part of our comings and goings and every aspect of our daily lives.  As a part of this blessing, it is traditional to write in chalk above the main entrance to the home.  This is what the writing would look like for 2018: +20 C M B 18+.

The letters C, M, B can signify the names of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.  They can also stand for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, which is Latin for May Christ bless this house.  The + signs represent the cross of Christ and the first two numbers are the first part of the year, while the last two numbers are the last part of the year.

“Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light”

The Epiphany should remind us of how special Jesus is and that we should spend our lives seeking Him.  Jesus is the light for everyone and if we follow Him we will never go astray.

Star of wonder, star of might, star with royal beauty bright – westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to the perfect light.