Welcome to this week's Blog, our theme is following Christ. How would you answer the following questions? ( no pun intended "following questions”)
1. What does it take to follow Jesus?
2. If someone did not know us personally.... would they be able to guess we were followers of Christ by our words, actions and posts on social media?
3. Are we afraid to say his name in public?
4. When people encounter you do they know you are Christian by your life?
5. What if anything, stops us from expressing our faith to others?
Most people would probably agree that sometimes, it can be a rough road but don't even have to wait until heaven to feel the peace we feel when making a good choice! WWJD (What WOULD Jesus DO) is a life changing phrase that can help govern our decisions. We have confession for the time we make mistakes. God gives us every opportunity to choose to follow him. Below is a prayer -The Litany of Humility made it into a song. This prayer is profound and reminds us all of the things that get in the way of truly following Christ.
# Holy Challenge..... keep this prayer in your heart. Pray it often!!
Thank you Fr. Gerry for giving us your homily for this week and giving us food for thought since we are still away from Sunday Mass.
Choosing to follow Christ requires us to also lean on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are given the strength to overcome the obstacles and challenges thru reliance on the Holy Spirit. We first hear about the Holy Spirit helping the Apostles at Pentecost. The same can be true for us if we are open.
Listen to Ken Yasiniski’s thought on following Jesus.
Children Grades k-3
Let’s think about what it means to follow Jesus. Think about some of the things we learn about who HE is? Jesus is kind. Jesus loves all people. Jesus teaches us to help each other. Jesus teaches us to forgive.
What other things can you add to this list?
What can you do to be like Jesus?
This week Jesus asks us to about where you put faith in your life. Where is Jesus and how do we put him first?
Here is a special message for you to decode....
For Grades 4-8 We are called to bring Christ into the world. One of the issues facing kids is bullying. It is a very difficult experience. How would our relationship with God help us? What would Jesus do? Watch this video..... what do you think about the message? Discuss this with family and friends. It is not easy to know the best course of action but turning to God is always the right thing to do. You are NEVER alone. Be part of the solution. Do what you can to bring Jesus into every aspect of your life. Don't leave Him at church!
Fr. Mike Schmitz has 4 steps of Discipleship will help us be ale to grow and transform our lives. We can do this!! Check it out. Think about what this means to you. Which one is easiest? Which one is challenging? Why?