This week we hear more about Jesus performing miracles and one mentioned in more detail was Jesus heals Simon’s mother in- law that was suffering from an illness that caused her to have a fever.
When was the last time you cared for someone who was sick.... was it a child, a parent or a friend, maybe it is someone you don’t even know, or maybe it was yourself. In all the commotion and uncertainty do we forget to do the obvious? Pray? Ask others to pray? Do we forget to trust Jesus?Or is it the only time we pray?
Jesus is there to take care of all our needs...He often takes care of things we don’t even know need healing. Sometimes he doesn’t answer our prayer in the the way we ask. We need to trust in the way Jesus responds. Jesus heals. Jesus heals our broken hearts. Jesus can heal broken relationships, Jesus can heal our broken thoughts. Jesus will help us through whatever is our issue. Sometimes he takes away the struggle and sometimes he asks certain people to unite their struggle with his. Mother Teresa said. “ Pain and suffering have come into your life but remember pain, sorrow, and suffering are but a kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Him that he can kiss you.”
Now take a moment to ask Jesus for healing through the Sacrament of the Sick. Please share this opportunity with others. This is a Sacrament that you can receive more than once and you do not have to be dying. This is asking to be healed in any way that you need to be.
For Families with children in grades k-4:
This week’s focus continues to be on Jesus and healings. Jesus performed many miracles . People started to believe He was God’s son.
Since we are now in the month of February- here is something fun you can make to help you learn more scripture. Be sure to look them up in your beautiful new Bibles! YOU CAN FIND THE LINK TO PRINT SCRIPTURE AT CATHOLIC ICING AND SEARCH St. Valentine’s countdown.
For Families with kids in grades 4-7: Since this week’s focus continues on Jesus’s ministry and healing we will unpack scene below as we imagine being at Simon Peter’s house near the sea of Galilee. Imagine you were one of the crowd that wanted Jesus to heal you or a friend.
Jesus gives us two Sacraments of healing. We have the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the sick. Both of these Sacrament can be received more than once.
During the month of February ( and every month) let us look for ways we can offer comfort to others. Is there someone you know that is struggling with something? How can we spread love this month? One idea is to reach out to those in our neighborhood that may need encouragement...or make a card for those isolated in Nursing homes.
For Families with youth in grades 8-12:
This week we continue the journey with Jesus as he ministers to the people and healings are happening! The crowd that follows him is growing.
What kinds of things do people your age sometimes struggle with in their lives? What kinds of things need healing?
Below is a skit that dramatizes struggles a
person can have. To set the scene “ JESUS” is dressed
in white and HE brings life to the young lady and establishes relationship. The distractions come and separate her from JESUS.
How can we stay close to Jesus with so much distractions?
What are some ways we can keep the relationship stronger than the distractions?