“Who do you say that I am?”
WK 2 Reflections – 09/16
The Gospel for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time exemplifies Jesus the Master Teacher. He raises questions which invokes a response. In response to the question Jesus posed, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter boldly proclaims his faith, “You are the Christ.” His response demonstrated his openness to claim belief in Jesus the Christ.
How does Jesus’ approach to teaching inform our own faith formation, and the formation of our children?
Taking a closer look – Sunday’s lesson focused on JESUS Is the Son of GOD. The classroom was set up in three faith-sharing centers. In on group, children discussed how they can be like Jesus, and a second group discussed what were the things Jesus did that only God could do. At the third center, they participated in a “hands-on” activity by coloring a sunflower with the name of Jesus in the center. [I hope the children shared their work of art with you.] The sunflower was quite apropos, just as the sunflower follows the movement of the sun, God invites us to follow Jesus with all our heart.
Let’s return to Sunday’s Gospel and make the connection to our own faith formation. At this time in your life [as an adult, a mom, a dad] what would your response be to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” In this gospel, Jesus gave his disciples the “space” to explore, to doubt, to clarify, to believe, to internalize, to profess and respond to the question, “Who do you say that I am?”. Imagine yourself in the midst of the disciples, what would your response? This week, I invite you to make space to reflect upon the question. Also, think about how your own faith and understanding of Jesus has deepened through the years. Be thankful for God’s self-revelation in your life, and in the life of your children.
I express gratitude to those who helped me to create space for our children to share faith. Many thanks to Dan, Will’s dad; Susan, Katharine’s mom; and Violette (Rosie’s older sister), and Sophia. Violette and Sophia are two of our teens who were Confirmed their Faith at St. Nick’s last Spring.
Announcing – The children received their textbooks, and were given a HOMEWORK assignment. Read p. 17 and do WE RESPOND. Please remind your son or daughter to remember the textbook.
At the end of class, your child received the We Believe Family Book. The family book provides prayers, and activities to do with as a family. It also includes talking points from each lesson covered in class. This week, p. 5, JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD, compliments what we covered in class. I encourage you to do the Parent Reading, and the activities that follow. Please take time to review with your child.