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Third Sunday of Advent - Year A

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Third Sunday of Advent - Year A

December 11, 2016


Gospel: Mt 11:2-11
When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you the one who is to come (1), or should we look for another?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers (2) are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at (3) me.”
As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you. Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
The difficult words
(1)The one who is to come is the Messiah.
(2)Lepers had a terrible disease that made their skin and bones stink and rot away. To be made clean of leprosy meant to be healed of the disease.
(3)To take offense at means to resent or get angry at someone.
This week’s spotlight
The Messiah is coming!
During Advent, to prepare ourselves for Christmas, we listen to the prophet Isaiah. When the people of Israel were going through some very difficult times, Isaiah urged them not to lose hope. He told them that God will send a Messiah, a special leader who will save them from their sins. That promised Messiah is Jesus Christ "who takes away the sins of the world," as we hear each week at Mass.
The Good News
Whenever we hear of a happy event – the birth of a baby, an award at school, a friend feeling better after an illness - we call it “good news." The word “Gospel” also means "good news." The good news of the Gospels is that God loves us so much that he sent his only son, Jesus, to save us by dying for our sins and rising again to new life.
Good News!
We’ve been getting ready for the joyful celebration of Christmas for two weeks now. Do we remember what we’re joyful about? With all the excitement of colorful decorations, gift shopping, and holiday planning, it can be easy to forget.
Mom and Dad might be more stressed than usual. Brothers, sisters, and friends might be busy making wish lists or planning for their days off school. People in a hurry might not be as polite as they should. What is it that we are supposed to be joyful about? This Sunday’s readings remind us: “The blind regain their sight, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the sick are healed.” Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise of the Savior. God is with us! Emmanuel! This is the Good News we celebrate at Christmas.
Discussion questions
1.Where is John the Baptist?
2.What does John learn about Jesus?
3.What does Jesus tell the people about John the Baptist?
Praying after Communion
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. May this sacrament increase my faith, and strengthen me to follow you, even when it seems difficult. Fill me with joy at your coming.
This week…
Share your joy
Create a moment of joy with your family this week. Maybe bake a cake, ask to lead prayers before dinner; or tell each family member why you love them. Surprises like these will bring joy to everyone!
Share the Good News!
When we're happy, we want to tell everyone. You can share the joy in your heart in many ways. For example, you could make a happy sign to hang on your door. When people come to your door, you can share with them the Good News of God's love.
Crossword Puzzle


Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm



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