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Sharing Leftovers

What can your family do to prevent the waste of God's gifts?

Today's first reading and the gospel story describe how God feeds the hungry crowds--and still has leftovers to spare.

With your group, do some Internet or other research to find out what happens to leftovers in local restaurants and school cafeterias. If leftovers are being distributed to soup kitchens or food cupboards for the poor, write letters of appreciation to all organizations involved. If leftovers are not being distributed, find out how your parish can participate.

Discuss with your family any imaginative ideas you may have about showing gratitude for God's gifts by sharing different kinds of leftovers (food, money, clothing, time, other resources). List three ideas below.

Bearing with Others

Our unity in the Church is practiced, as Paul says, "by bearing with one another through love." Using imagination and humor, role play what bearing with one another might require in each of the following situations:

1) A classmate runs into you in the hallway, knocks you down, and then refuses to apologize because he or she "didn't mean to do it."

2) Some members of the parish are angry because the pastor has changed the Sunday Mass time from nine to eight o'clock. They want your family to sign a petition to complain to the bishop.

3) At a weekend retreat, a few young people are caught sneaking out of the building at night. The youth minister is so upset that he or she wants to end the retreat early and send everyone home.

Decide how you will practice bearing with one another through love in your school and parish.

Living God's Call

In the second reading, Paul encourages the Ephesians to live as God calls them to live. We too are called to be humble, gentle, patient, treat others with love, and live in peace and unity.

Have the children make a collage. Provide various magazines and scissors. Have the children cut out pictures of people showing the traits listed above. Glue these onto a large poster and place this on the prayer table.

God Provides

In the first reading and in the gospel, God provides food for his people to eat. God provides food for us as well.

Gather the children in a circle. Sing the following song to the tune of Frere Jacques. Each time you sing the song, go around the circle letting each child name his favorite food to eat in the last line of the song.

God will always

God will always

Care for us

Care for us

He gives us plenty of food

For each of us to eat

My favorite treat

Is _________.







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