Lifelong Catechesis

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April 23, 2024

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

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

  • As a family, explore a dark closet or cabinet with a flashlight. Does the darkness overtake the light or does the light overtake the darkness? Light will always illuminate darkness. Discuss how this relates to the Christian walk. If one lets his/her light shine, how can darkness overtake him/her?
  • Pop some popcorn for a family snack. Leave some of the popcorn unsalted and salt the remainder. Then salt a small portion too much. Can the salt be removed from the too salty popcorn? Without salt, how does the popcorn taste? Discuss how this relates to the Christian who maintains his/her salty walk despite what the world thinks. What is a salty Christian? How is one different from an unsalty one?
  • Discuss a time when one or more family members experienced loss or failure (as the Israelites). Was it easy or difficult to shift from worrying to thinking of others’ needs? Distractions from concentrating on disappointments many times lead to helping others, which ultimately might improve attitudes and feelings of well-being.