Use the following summaries and questions to help explain this month’s Gospels to your kids.
Oct. 6 — Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 17:5-10: Jesus says that even if our faith is as small as a mustard seed, it can do wonderful things. In the second parable, Jesus reminds us that when we do God’s will we should not expect to get a gold medal, for we “have done what we were obliged to do.”
- Today’s Gospel is all about faith. Do you have any questions about faith? Who will help you find your answers?
- What does it mean to “increase faith”? How can you increase your faith?
- What can you do because of your faith? What do you think God wants you to do?
- Have you seen faith change people’ lives today?
- To do God’s will, we need to know what God’s Word says to us. What do you think are the three most important messages of God’s Word?
- Have you ever helped someone and not been thanked? How did you feel about that?
Oct. 13 — Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 17:11-19: Today’s Gospel tells of the 10 lepers (outcasts of society) who were healed by Jesus. Only one, a Samaritan (a foreigner), returns to Jesus to thank him and praise God. Jesus points out that he has gained something even more important than a cure; he has gained eternal salvation.
- Why do you think the 10 lepers came to Jesus?
- How do you suppose they heard about Jesus and his works?
- Why do you think Jesus healed the ten lepers?
- Why do you think only one returned? Why do you think it was the Samaritan?
- What does the Samaritan leper teach us?
- If a Samaritan could be saved by faith, what does this tell us about God?
- When are you like the leper who returned?
- When are you like the other nine who didn’t return?
- How do you say thank you to the people in your life who care for and love you?
- What are the three things you are most grateful for right now? Why? When was the last time you said thank you for them? To who?
Oct. 20 — Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 18:1-8: Jesus tells a story, in many ways a funny story, to teach a lesson. It is about a widow, a woman who wouldn’t give up even when a bad judge refused to help her. He finally gave in and helped her because she went on and on. At the end of the story Jesus spells out the lesson: that God, who is all good, will always be with those who pray. We should never give up praying.
- Why did the judge finally give the widow what she was asking for?
- How is God different from this judge?
- Do you ever feel like giving up, like not trying hard? What can you do when you feel that way?
- What important things could your family pray about this week, even if they seem to be “very big” things and you might feel like giving up?
- What are some of your favorite ways to pray?
- What are some of the reasons we pray?
- When is it easy to pray? When is it difficult? Why?
Oct. 27 — Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 18:9-14: Jesus tells another story about prayer. The proud Pharisee tells God how good he is, all the great things he has done, but he doesn’t even treat the tax collector with kindness. The tax collector, relying on God’s love and mercy, asked for God’s help and love. Jesus said the tax collector’s prayer is the kind God wants to hear.
- Do you think the people in Jesus’ time were surprised by his ending to the parable?
- Without meaning to, has your prayer ever been like the Pharisee’s?
- When in your words and actions are you like the Pharisee? When are you like the tax collector?
- What will your prayer be this week? Write a family prayer — one that you think is the kind God wants to hear.