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.
Lord God, stir up your Holy Spirit in us today, so that as we read your Word, we may grow to love you more! Draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
Jesus was going through Jericho, where a man named Zacchaeus lived. He was in charge of collecting taxes and was very rich. Jesus was heading his way, and Zacchaeus wanted to see what he was like. But Zacchaeus was a short man and could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What are “taxes?” Why do you think people in Jesus’ time disliked tax collectors?
Child: Have you ever had trouble seeing over a crowd? When? What did you do about it?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Heavenly Father, you look out at your people, and you see where we suffer and are weak. Thank you for helping us in our struggles and for caring about us as you did for Zacchaeus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you always look to Jesus! Amen.