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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, as this new week begins, open our hearts and minds. Help us to understand our Bible story so that we, too, may be faithful followers of Jesus. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 1:14-16, 20-26
The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind. The women and Mary the mother of Jesus would meet with them, and so would his brothers. One day there were about one hundred twenty of the Lord’s followers meeting together, and Peter stood up to speak to them. He said: My friends, long ago by the power of the Holy Spirit, David said something about Judas, and what he said has now happened. Judas was one of us and had worked with us, but he brought the mob to arrest Jesus.

In the book of Psalms it says, “Leave his house empty, and don’t let anyone live there.” It also says, “Let someone else have his job.” So we need someone else to help us tell others that Jesus has been raised from death. He must also be one of the men who was with us from the very beginning. He must have been with us from the time the Lord Jesus was baptized by John until the day he was taken to heaven.

Two men were suggested: One of them was Joseph Barsabbas, known as Justus, and the other was Matthias. Then they all prayed, “Lord, you know what everyone is like! Show us the one you have chosen to be an apostle and to serve in place of Judas, who got what he deserved.” They drew names, and Matthias was chosen to join the group of the eleven apostles. (CEV)

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

Child: Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples, but then he brought a mob to arrest Jesus. How did Jesus’ followers handle being betrayed by Judas?

Child: Has someone ever betrayed you or really let you down? How did you move on from that disappointment?

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

Dear Jesus, you understand what it feels like to be betrayed by a friend, as that’s what happened to you with Judas. Help us to forgive those who hurt us, too. Show us how to let go and move forward in faith like the disciples did in today’s story. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May let go of grudges, and move forward in faith. Amen.