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Living the Law

Whom does your family consider as “neighbors”? How can you expand whom you call neighbor?

The laws given in today's first reading are part of the covenant code God gave to Israel. They require us to hear and respond to the cries of the needy. Explore below how you will live by this code.

  • Have you ever felt like an alien or stranger, or felt very different from others in your own world of school, job, parties, or play? Remember those feelings. Decide what you will do to help an outsider.

    I will live the code by ____________________________________________________.
  • Have you ever felt like an orphan? Recall those feelings. Do you know anyone who has lost a parent by death or separation, or who needs friends? Decide what you will do for this person.

    I will live the code by __________________________________________________.


Learning Compassion

In the first reading God says, I am compassionate." Compassion means "to suffer with." It is partly the feeling we get
when we see a very poor neighborhood or country, or see pictures of starving children, or people who are ill, or people
to whom an injustice is being done. Have you ever felt compassion? What was the situation that caused this feeling?

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What are you learning that could be done for these neighbors?

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Share your answers to these two questions with one other person.

Law of Love T-Shirt

Jesus' law of love is to be engraved on our minds and hearts so we will never forget it. Design a T-shirt that will remind yourself and others what the law of love is, or give an idea on how to follow the law of love. Be as creative with your ideas as you can.

Love God and Neighbor

Re-read today's gospel, Matthew 22:34-40, to the children. Explain that we are called to love God and love others.

Give each child a heart cut from construction paper. On one side, help them write the word God and on the other side help them write the word Others. Encourage the children to decorate the hearts with glitter, sequins, markers, and other craft materials. Punch a hole in the top of the heart. Place a length of string or yarn through the hole. Then hang the hearts from the ceiling as a reminder of the Gospel message.

Necklaces of Love

To help the children always remember the Great Commandment, make heart necklaces.

Provide each child with three hearts cut from red or pink craft foam. Punch two holes in the top of each heart. Thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through each heart to make a necklace. On one side of the hearts, write the letter G on the first heart, the letter O on the second heart, and the letter D on the third heart. On the other side of the hearts, write the letters OT on the first heart, the letters HE on the second heart, and the letters RS on the third heart. Tie the ends of the yarn or ribbon together to make a necklace. Encourage the children to wear their necklaces as a reminder to love God and others.







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