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A Note from the Heart

What prophets among us are not accepted today?

The heart is a symbol of love. We often use this symbol on Valentine's Day, but every day of the year is a day for love, in word and in action. Cut out a heart from red construction paper. Or use white paper and color it red with crayon or marker.

Think of someone who has shown love to you. On the heart, write one short sentence from Saint Paul's letter on love that describes this person.

On the back of the heart, write a short note to that person, thanking them for their love. For example, on the front you might write, "Love is kind." On the back, you might write, "Thank you for being so kind to me." Think of a way to deliver your "note from the heart" to this special person.

Hometown Heroes and Heroines

In today's gospel, Jesus was among his neighbors, people who worshipped with every week. They rejected him because they did not believe him or know who he really was.

Through newspapers, television, radio, and the internet, we often have the opportunity to know people from all over the world. Often, however, we don't know the people next door very well!

With your parents' permission, ask a neighbor for a few moments of his or her time. Your mom or dad may want to come along! Explain that you are doing a project that will help you know your neighbors better. Ask these three questions:

  • What is the most exciting thing you have ever done in your life?
  • What has been the most meaningful or important thing you have ever done in your life?
  • What invention in your lifetime has most changed your life or made it easier in some way?
  • Share your results with your group. Ask one another these questions. You may enjoy doing this so much that you will want to interview more people!

    Jesus taught us to love our neighbors. Do you think it is easier if we know them a little better?

    A Fine Catch

    Jeremiah tells us that when we trust and hope in the Lord, we will be like a tree that grows near a stream, bearing fruit even when there is no rain. Reinforce this concept with an art activity. Give each child a picture of a tree. Have the children fill in the stream by gluing torn pieces of tissue or construction paper in a mosaic style. Then have the children color the tree. Add fruits or flowers to the tree using stickers.

    Rolling Responses

    Sing the following song with the children to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb".

    Jesus tells the poor they're blest;
    The poor they're blest; the poor they're blest.
    Jesus tells the poor they're blest;
    We must share with them.

    Those who have no food are blest;
    No food are blest; no food are blest.
    Those who have no food are blest;
    We must share with them.

    Jesus tells the sad they're blest;
    The sad they're blest; the sad they're blest.
    Jesus tells the sad they're blest;
    We must care for them.

    Blest are they who live their faith;
    Live their faith; live their faith.
    Blest are they who live their faith;
    Each and every day.







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