The adults and older kids here can probably recite the story from memory: Jesus tells a parable about a father and his two sons. Although He doesn’t say this, the father is mean to represent God, and the sons are meant to represent two kinds of people. See if you can figure out which one you are.
As we begin the season of Great Lent—a season seemingly filled with rules and exhortations to be holy—the Church reminds us that following the rules is not what it’s all about. If Great Lent just makes us a better rule follower, we’re missing the point.
As we prepare for Great Lent our focus should be on true repentance. Zacchaeus is one of the best examples of repentance in the Gospels.
Imagine if you went to the Super Bowl, but you couldn’t see the game. You can’t see the players or the field or the ball. Everyone around you would be cheering, and booing, and jumping up and down, but you wouldn’t know why. You’d say, what are you people doing?
Did you know there’s a difference between not doing something that’s bad and doing something that’s good?
Today, we celebrate Joseph for listening to God’s instructions and keeping Jesus and His mother safe. That was his job. Our job is to keep Jesus safe in our heart. So, what can we learn from what Joseph did?
This is a great time of year. We have Christmas and New Years, and we get time off school and work, and we get presents. But do you know what I like best about this time of year? We get to see family members who we don’t see a lot. We get to see our cousins, and our aunts and uncles, and grandparents, and maybe even our great grandparents.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the birth of Jesus—the Nativity—and today, the Sunday before Nativity, we learn about Jesus’ ancestors—His family. That’s right. Jesus has a family, just like you have a family.