This month, as we prepare ourselves for the Lenten season, each of the levels in Catechesis is focused on Parables of the Kingdom of God. We want to explore what the Kingdom of God is like, and why we want to be a part of it.
In Matthew 13:10-13, 16-17:
His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people”?
He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables, for they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear, but they didn’t hear it.
The children will start with the Parable of the Mustard Seed, and then the Parable of the Precious Pearl. You would be amazed at the comments that children make when we talk about these parables. At each level, they have different comments based on their understanding of their own faith and their ability to express in words what they are feeling. So at level one, the comments might include things like, “I’m little like the mustard seed.” In level two, they might expand their discussion and say, “I want to be like the mustard seed, so that I can grow and share my faith with others.” By level three, the kids begin to understand how precious God’s love is and how big God’s love is for us. Then they ask themselves how they could help further the Kingdom of God, because the more we work toward the Kingdom of God, the sooner we will realize Parousia. As we read the parables, we contemplate what Jesus is trying to tell us. Each year, the same scripture gives us new nuggets to think about. That’s why we say these are the “living words” of God.
We have many new children who have been added to our rolls since KidCity rolled out. We are so happy to welcome Alex Eaton, Mary Friel, Kate Heslep, Ethan Munna, Rhett Sutherland, Grayson Flotta, Blake Guichard, Eleanor Kerr, Lily Lancaster, Lydia Gust, James Larson, Grant Adkisson, Charlotte Fann, Miles Gonzales, Anne-Gregory Herren, Cecilia Hinkle, Walker Hinkle, Ellis Lee, Collin Lewis, Elizabeth Pennington, Izabella Zickefoose, Eli Adkisson, Ella Cooper, and Hannah Cooper. And thank you parents, for bringing your children to Catechesis!
In the love of the Good Shepherd,
Betsy Brown, Catechesis Coordinator, Children’s Ministry