Monday: Understanding

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God's name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Heavenly Father, we come to you to hear your Word and learn more about you. Speak to us now, as we read from your Holy Scriptures, that by the power of your Holy Spirit we may learn and grow in faith, trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

From the book of John, Chapter 20, Verses 24-29

24 Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. 25 So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!”

26 A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples 27 and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!”

28 Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!”  29 Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!” (John 20:24-29 CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Were you ever gone when something important happened and you missed out? How did it make you feel?

Child: How do you think Jesus got into the room where the disciples were if all the doors were locked?

Affirm:  Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Holy God, help us to trust in Jesus though we cannot see him. Open our hearts to your holy Word so we may come to know Jesus better. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:

May the Lord give you faith so that you will trust in him for all things. Amen.