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September 26, 2017
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Activity of the Week

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:

  • Forgiveness should be a permanent choice. Help family members visualize their decision to forgive. Have each family member write down on a scrap of paper someone they need to forgive and for what they will forgive that person. Then without reading them, find a safe location or container to burn the scraps of paper. Pray the Our Father together as a family at the conclusion of the burn.
  • Remind family members that forgiving oneself for past mistakes is just as important as forgiving others. Have family members pause and consider whether they are withholding forgiveness of themselves. They should write the situation down then tear it into small pieces and throw it in the trashcan, or burn it as the previous activity suggests. Discuss what it feels like to really forgive oneself. Remind them that if someone hurts them and they forgive that person, is it okay for the person forgiven to continue holding on to the mistake long after being forgiven? Then wouldn’t God be concerned that he has forgiven us but we can’t forgive ourselves?
  • Consider stories or movies where one of the characters seeks vengeance. What was the outcome of this story? Consider also stories or movies where one of the characters is humble and forgiving. What was the outcome of this story? Discuss the natural consequences of humility.