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.
Holy Father, you show us mercy all the time. Thank you for this day, with its blessings and challenges. Be with us as we read and discuss our Bible story, and help us to learn how to be merciful to others. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead! (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Have you ever been hungry or cold? How did you feel when you got the things you needed?
Child: What are some groups that reach out to the poor here in our area? How might we help them in their good work?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, just as you are merciful to us, we want to show mercy to others—especially those who need it most. Help us see where we can best be of help, and bless those people and organizations whose very mission it is to serve the poor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you use your gifts to make a difference in this world! Amen.