30th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

October 23, 2022

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SOURCE: Luke’s Gospel for Children and All Ages by Bishop Mark O’Connell

Children’s Ministry Resources / CLOW Videos

FAMILY ACTIVITY

Being with Others and God

by Larry Broding

We should always be humble before God. The key to humility is simply being in God’s presence. When we try to justify ourselves before God, we take our focus away from our Maker and place it upon ourselves. And we are no longer in prayer. This is the paradox of prayer we find in Jesus’ parable.

How hard is it to simply be with your family members? Take some time to do just that. Turn off any distractions like TV or music. Bring out a board game. And have a “Game Night” to have fun with each other. Close the evening with a moment of silence prayer, a chance to simply be with God.

SOURCE: WORD SUNDAY
GOSPEL REFLECTION

Measuring Up

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Ruler, tape measure, measuring cups and spoons, clock, calendar, thermometer.

Our worth or value, what kind of person we are, can only be measured by God.  

Let’s talk about objects we use to measure things. Can you think of some? If we want to measure the length of a board, a piece of paper or a ribbon we would use a ruler or a tape measure. When we work in the kitchen we use measuring cups and spoons to measure the correct amount of flour, sugar, milk or salt to put in the mixing bowl. A clock is used to measure how much time we have before going to bed or leaving for school. We use a calendar to measure how old we are and how many days there are until our birthday. Sailors use a depth sounder to measure how deep the water is beneath their boat. A thermometer measures temperature. We use a scale to find out how much something weighs.

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SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER
GOSPEL REFLECTION

On the Same Level

By Lois Parker Edstrom

We need to be modest about our accomplishments and remember that we all make mistakes and we all have faults. 

Objects suggested: Ladder

Let’s see if we can get a picture in our minds of these two men. Think of the story in this way: It was as if the Pharisee was standing on a ladder where he could be seen by all and where he put himself above others. And, it was as if the tax collector was standing on the ground at the bottom of the ladder. He knew he had faults and did not try to place himself above others.

When you are up on a ladder it is more difficult to talk with those below you and if you’re not careful you might fall off. When you stand on the ground you are at the same level of others and able to look into their faces, talk to them and understand them more easily. (Ask two people to demonstrate with ladder.)

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SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER
GOSPEL REFLECTION

Better than Anyone Else?

By Dr. Carol J Miller

let’s look at ourselves the way God does, and not measure ourselves by other people!

What does the tax collector ask for from God? [Accept all answers]. Yes, he prayed for God to have mercy on him. He knew that he was not good. He knew that because he did not compare himself to others. He looked at himself the way God looked at him. When the tax collector saw how God wanted him to act, he began to think about what he had done instead. He was ashamed, but he also knew that God might forgive him. So the tax collector prayed and he prayed very hard.

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SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER
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2ND READING REFLECTION

The Good Fight

By Lois Parker Edstrom

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)..
[Paul] speaks about a “good fight.” Another way to think about this word, “fight” is to think of it as a struggle. When you believe in something very strongly you may need to struggle to uphold that belief. What you believe about God is your faith.

Paul says he “fought the good fight” and “kept the faith.” He believed in God and he struggled to do the right thing and tell others about God’s love. He continued to “fight the good fight.”

Even though, at times, we may have problems and difficulties, Paul teaches us to keep doing the right thing. Fight the “good fight.” Be a winner!

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SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER

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