Like yesterday, we are listening to some wonderful advice from Jesus taken from “The Sermon on the Mount.” Once again, the key word is “pride”–doing things to show off how good we are. God doesn’t want us to do that, because God is the only One whom we really can call good. If you and I are good, it’s because we let God’s goodness and love inside us. And we can’t even do that unless God’s power helps us.
The list of “don’ts” eventually tips into verses of “do’s” These come from the Lord’s Prayer which Jesus first prayed in this sermon. It’s a model for prayer. As you pray it, see how each one in the family can come up with your own phrases that will make the parts of the prayer inflate like a balloon. This is a great way to be that you are making the words of the Bible your very own.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read
the Infancy Narratives of St. Luke followed by Matthew 1—8.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.