How does your parish help you to keep your heart close to God?
Saint James invites us to welcome the word that God has planted in us. With your partner or group, brainstorm ways people can truly hear and live the word of God that is proclaimed in the Liturgy of the Word.
Design a series of posters with simple illustrations and slogans that will help people in your parish to welcome the word.
Examining the Heart
Jesus reminds us that what really matters to God is what comes out of the human heart. Use the following questions to examine your own heart. For each question, write one way you will show what is in your heart.
1) Do I have unselfishness in my heart? How will I show it? ____________________________________
2) Do I have concern for others in my heart? How will I show it? ________________________________
3) Do I have honesty in my heart? How will I show it? ________________________________________
4) Do I have patience in my heart? How will I show it?_________________________________________
5) Do I have faith in Jesus in my heart? How will I show it? _____________________________________
Doers of the Word
Make a window box. Use a purchased window box or an empty, decorated shoebox. Fill this with birdseed. For flowers for the window box, have children cut flower shapes from construction paper and glue onto Popsicle sticks. St. James tells us to be doers of the Word and not just hearers. Write ways to live the word of God on the flowers. Place the flowers in the window box. (The birdseed will keep them standing up.) Each week, pick a flower and read what it says. Have the children do what is written on the flower all week. The next week, replace the flower and pick a new one.
What’s In Your Heart?
Give each child a heart with the words, Concern for others, Honesty, Unselfishness, Patience, and Faith in Jesus, written on it. Then provide them with puzzle pieces that make up the heart. Have them write one thing they can do to show each of the things written on the heart. Encourage children to perform the tasks written on the puzzle pieces. As they do the things they wrote, have them glue that puzzle piece on the heart. When the heart is complete, have them bring it home and place it somewhere special to remind them that our actions should reflect what is in our hearts.