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An Understanding Heart

Reflect on what you consider your treasure.

God gave Solomon an understanding heart so that the young king could make wise decisions. Solomon listened carefully not only to the words of others but to what was in their hearts. What will your Solomon-like response be to each of these situations?

A friend tells you that he or she has decided not to go to Mass any more because "its boring, and I don't get anything out of it."
Your response:



A relative is becoming a "workaholic" because he or she wants to buy more luxury items. What might you say or do to help this person?
Your response:



A younger brother or sister (yours or your friend's) keeps doing annoying things to get attention. How do you respond
to this person's need?
Your response:


What Will You Ask God?

Read 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 to the children. Explain that Solomon could ask God for anything he wanted. He asked for "an understanding heart."

Ask the children, "What will you ask God today?" Give each child a cut-out of a heart. Have them write and/or illustrate their responses. Let each child share his response and then place his heart on the prayer table.

Search for Treasure

In today's gospel, Jesus uses parables to explain that we should always search for the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is the greatest treasure of all, more valuable than any earthly riches. Have the children search for treasure. In a 9" x 13" pan, place edible treasure such as colorful coated candy pieces, chocolate-covered raisins, etc. Give each child a graham cracker in a zippered bag. With the bag closed, have the children crush these to resemble sand. Then have them pour this on top of the "treasure." Once the treasure is buried, allow each child to dig a spoonful of treasure into a cup for a delicious snack.







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