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25A Ordinary Time – Children

25A Ordinary Time – Children

September 20, 2020

Reflection by ASC Sisters


Who knows what “generous” means? Can you tell us about someone who was generous to you or an example of a time when you were generous to someone else? What would be the MOST generous thing you can imagine? Wow! These are all wonderful examples of true generosity! Can you think of anything more generous? Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Well our readings today talk about a generosity that is SO great that it is beyond our ability to picture it or understand it. The readings today talk about God’s generosity which is SO much greater than even our greatest acts of generosity, that it hardly make any sense. In fact, in the first reading God tells us that we won’t be able to understand! God says, “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and ways are higher than yours!”

Jesus tells us about that generosity in the Gospel reading when he tells the story about the workers who worked different amounts of time all receiving the same pay. To us that doesn’t make much sense does it? If you did three chores when your brother or sister only had to do one but you both still got the same treat, would that seem fair? No, it wouldn’t seem fair in our way of looking at things.But we have to remember that God does things in a different way. God gives everyone everything that they are ready to receive….

SOURCE: Go to Adorers of the Blood of Christ for download link for this week’s PDF which includes the readings for the day, reflection and activity. Each lesson is created by Adorer-theologians using the lens of the spirituality of St. Maria. This spirituality is all about compassion, hope and hospitality. While this is the starting point for the lessons, you are invited to approach them however the Spirit moves you.
Reflection by Theresa (Kid's Bulletin)
Click on image to download entire bulletin for your children.

Used with permission.

Memory Verse

The last will be first and the first will be last.

This verse isn’t really about people standing in a line one behind the other and the last person moving to the front and the first person going to the back. This verse is telling us that everyone is equal in God’s eyes, no one is any better than another person. This bible verse helps us understand God’s generosity. God never gives us less than what’s fair, but sometimes he gives more.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Tips for CLOW leaders/catechists

The Cartoon Gospel Home Page

It will be useless to suggest that the owner of the vineyard is a model for employers and still less helpful to suggest that we should be paid for not working. Children know that isn’t so.

Help them see that Jesus often used stories that seem farfetched in order to help us think. They sort of surprise us and make us think in a new way. When Jesus tells us a story like this, he wants us to ask ourselves, “What does Jesus want me to know from this story?”

You might explain to the children a little of the culture in which this was written. Many people in Jesus’ time thought that only certain people were loved by God. They didn’t believe that people who sinned or believed different things were loved by God. They thought only they themselves were worthy of God’s love. They are like the people who worked all day. The owner did pay them what they deserved. God will reward people who are always good. But Jesus wants us to know that God also loves those who try to be good.

Some people take a long time before they can do what is right. That’s okay with God as long as they try. God’s love is very big! God loves everyone, even the people who come last and say, “I want to try too!”

SOURCE: CLOW – St Anthony Parish, Dubuque (PDF)

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Handouts for Children

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SDC Sunday Worksheet
The S.D.C., a Catholic Society in the UK, provides worksheets for use in Sunday Liturgy groups for children.

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CAFOD Coloring Activity
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has Gospel reflections, prayers, songs and activities to help children listen to God who speaks.

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The goal of Sermons4Kids is to help those who are in children’s ministry or who may work with children in Christian schools or organizations. Use the link below to access handouts related to this week’s Gospel.

Mass Worksheets from Catholic Mom
Catholic Mom is a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries with Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President. Use the link below to access.

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Kids Bulletin
Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids  about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week.  More resources from Theresa can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers website.

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Catholic Family Activities

To help your family celebrate the Generosity of God, before grace at meals, join hands and thank God for the ways in which God has entered and become part of your life. Thank God for the individual blessings each one has received and for the family blessings.

As a game, count your family blessings. Sit in a circle and take turns naming one blessing you have from God. For an additional challenge, use the alphabet; begin with a gift that begins with “A,” then “B,” and so forth. See how long you can keep going.

Practice generosity in your family. Take time to name and celebrate the gifts of each person in the family. What are ways we can encourage one another to develop our gifts?

Sometimes people become jealous of the gifts of others. Talk about ways of handling feelings of jealousy. Have an open discussion about fairness in the family. Plan a family outing and spend the time enjoying one another’s company.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
Bible Object Lesson
Children's Message: Life's Not Fair! Bible Object Lesson from Matthew 20:1-16

Life’s Not Fair!

Ministry-To-Children is a Baptist website which respects all Christian denominations and avoids the debated points that separate believers. The details of how you choose to communicate this message are adaptable and should cater to timing as well as to your student’s needs. Click on image to watch video. Go to full lesson plan.

Activity from Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com

“My Wants, Others’ Needs”

What is fair? Sometimes what is fair is different that what is just. In today’s gospel, Jesus told the parable of the landlord who gave a just wage. But, in the eyes of the workers it wasn’t fair. The difference was point of view. When we focus upon ourselves (like the workers), fairness means getting the same as everyone else. When we look through God’s eyes, we give so the needs of others will be fulfilled, even if they receive more than others.

Brainstorm a list of “My Wants, Others’ Needs” to discuss the difference between what is fair and what is just. On a piece of newsprint or poster paper, create two columns. Mark one “I want…” and the other “Others’ need…” Tell your family “others” mean those outside the family. Now challenge your family members to brainstorm a pair: one personal desire and one need for another person. The want can be as outrageous as possible, but the need must truly be a need. After about 20 pairs, ask your family to cross out unrealistic or frivolous desires. Now compare the columns. How many needs do others have? How many wants do your family members have? Which column is more important? Why?

Finally, devise a plan to help others with their needs. Some family members may want to give up a few desires to help the needy.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com
Activity from ASC Sisters

God’s Generosity

Materials: empty glasses of different sizes, a pitcher of water, a towel and some kind of waterproof tray or container on which to set the glasses. For the activity at the end, have plain paper or plastic cups that can be decorated with crayons, markers or stickers

Demonstration: Let’s look at these empty glasses here. They are like us. (Pick up Pitcher of water) God is like this pitcher of water. God wants to be generous, to fill us with his love. (Pour 1 glass half full) God wants to give us everything we can hold. (fill glass completely. Stop. Then continue pouring until the water overflows the glass) God wants to give us everything and more!(Take next glass and do the same) God wants to do that for each of us. No matter when welcome to God to be filled with his love, God will give us everything we can hold. God will fill us completely. Just like these glasses, some of us may have more or less than another, but in God’s way what matters is that we are full to the very brim! (Pick up one of the full glasses and hold it above the other full glass. Pour more water into the first full glass so that the water overflows into the glass below it) And when we are full to the brim, we cannot help but share God’s love with others.

Activity: Give each child a cup and invite them to decorate it with images of what they will do this week to imitate God’s generosity or of what they will do this week to open themselves to God’s love.

SOURCE: Adorers of the Blood of Christ | Pinterest

Discussion Questions

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Guided Discussion

Diocese of Auckland

What Did You Hear?

Diocese of Auckland provides the following sets of starter questions to stimulate discussion about Sunday’s readings.

For Children

⚪  Not available for this week

For Adolescents

Forgiveness always sounds very holy and pious, but when it comes to being wronged ourselves we can find that our feelings get in the way.

⚪  Not available for this week

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
CAFOD Guided Discussion

Gospel Reflection

A landowner went out to hire some workers for his vineyard. He took on new workers at the start of the day and three more times later in the day. He promised them all a fair wage.The workers who arrived first expected to be paid more than the workers who arrived near to the end of the day. After all, they were hot and tired and had worked very hard all day, while some of the others have only worked for one hour.

How did the workers who had been hired first feel when they saw that everyone was being paid the same wage?

They thought it was unfair. They were angry and complained. Do you agree with them? Why/why not?

The landowner says that he has paid the first workers exactly what they agreed was fair at the beginning of the day. He says that they have no reason to be cross that he is generous to the other workers, that he can do what he likes with his own money.

Can you think of a time when you felt something was unfair? How did it make you feel? What did you do about it?

Who do you think the landowner in the story is supposed to be? What is Jesus trying to tell us?

Gospel Connection

Jesus is showing us that God’s idea of fairness (sometimes we use the word justice), is different from ours. God’s fairness is about making sure that every single person gets what they need, no matter what their situation. God gives us what we need and not just what others think we deserve. God is generous and created a world with enough for absolutely everyone.

But do you think everyone in our world does have enough food and water? Why/why not? Do you think this is fair? Do you think this is what God wants?

How can we help make sure that all people get their fair share of the good things that God has given us?

We can try hard not to take more than we need and make sure we don’t waste food, water or energy. We can be generous with what we have, like the landowner in the story, sharing what we have with others. And we can try to make a change to our world so that it is a fairer place for all people to live. Sometimes we can make a difference by ourselves. And sometimes we do this by writing to the Prime Minister or other people in power asking them to make the changes.

What will you do this week to try to help make sure that all people around the world get their fair share of the things that God has given for us all?

Gospel Extension

Take a sheet of paper and divide it into two columns. In one column encourage the children to write or draw all the things that they think are unfair in the world. In the other column ask them to write or draw how they can help change these things to make the world a fairer place.

SOURCE:  Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) – Reformatted and adapted for browser | DOCX File
Sunday Connection (Loyola Press)

Sunday Connection

Loyola Press has guided questions (Grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8) on its website for catechists to help children better understand the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings. The questions help connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.

Although the following pages are not specific to children’s ministry, they can give CLOW leaders and catechists additional insight into Sunday’s readings.
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