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30A Ordinary Time – Children

30A Ordinary Time – Children

October 25, 2020

Images from the Readings

  • Most important commandment?
  • Love God first
  • Love others
  • All Law based on these
  • An example for all the Lord’s followers
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Memory Verse

Love the Lord God with all your heart.

Does this mean that we can’t love anyone else? No, God tells us we need to love others, but we need to remember, it is God, who gives us love. Without God, there would be no love in the world.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Gospel Reflection for children

The Cartoon Gospel Home Page

There are so many books, songs and movies about love. Do you think love is important?

God is love; the love we feelin our hearts. We need to remember he has given us this great gift and thank him everyday for allowing us to feel love. The love that we share with our moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, etc., and most importantly, with God is what our whole life is about. Without God, there is no love.

In today’s gospel Jesus sums up all the teaching of a thousand years, five books of the bible and dozens of prophets in one sentence. He tells us what the most important thing God has to tell us.

When Jesus is asked “which commandment is most important?” His answer has two parts. First we are to love God, second we are to love our neighbor, as we love ourselves. This teaching was not a new one for the religious leaders of Jesus’ time. What made it new and necessary was that Jesus presents both commandments as equally important.Today’s reading tells us there is no commandment more important to live by than the two great commandments.

SOURCE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury CT

Catholic Doctrine

The Two Great Commandments

Catechist Background and Preparation
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Sacrament Connection

The sacrament of Baptism celebrates our response to God’s invitation to believe in Jesus Christ and live the Gospel. As Baptized Christians we are called to live the great commandment and be a sign of God’s presence in the world.

SOURCE: RCL Bensiger Lectionary Resources
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Related Videos for Children

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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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Sermons4kids Crossword
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. Click image to access more handouts related to Sunday’s Gospel.

Sunday crossword for children

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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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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Activities for Children

30A Ordinary Time

Children’s Story of the Week: One Green Apple

Moral Virtue of the Week

Right Relationship

The One Green Apple beautifully illustrated book becomes an opportunity for students to learn and appreciate the richness and diversity of God’s world. As a Muslim girl (Farrah) rides in a hay wagon heading to an apple orchard on a class trip, her duppata (the head scarf) on her heads sets her apart. She observes that while some children are friendly, others are not. As the story progresses and the students each supplies an apple into the cider press, Farrah places a green apple into the press while all the other students place shiny red apples in the press. The resulting cider from the collective contribution of all the students is delicious, thus providing a metaphor for the benefits garnered by the richness of diversity. Certainly this story speaks explicitly to the importance of relationships and growing into right relationship.


SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University;  “Build. Plant. Grow.” = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The 4-page PDF gives a summary of each reading at Mass and relates each with the Word of the Week. The video above is NOT associated with  the program, but is provided for your convenience.

Love Vacation

For Jews, God’s Law (the first five books of the Bible) contained guidelines for high moral living. However, with over 640 individual commands in the Law, the question remained: which ones were the more important than others? Many rabbis tried to list the commands in a hierarchy (most important to the least important). So, asking Jesus the question of importance revealed his priorities.

The Great Commandment is actually two commands: love God with all you have (Deuteronomy 6:6) and love neighbor as self (Leviticus 19:18). Most rabbis in the time of Jesus would have agreed with him that these two “love” commandments were the most important. For they gave a lens through which people could see God’s will in their lives.

How can we love God with everything and our neighbors as ourselves? Something as small as a Sunday family outing to see the change in seasons can show God’s love and give us time to show love to our family members. So, plan a “Love Vacation.” Go out, get away from the phone or chores, and witness the tree leaves turning colors, cool fall air, the excitement of the coming holidays. Walk hand in hand as a family. Sometimes the best way to show love is to take the time to feel loved.

Our Sunday Visitor

Catholic family activities

God asks us to love our neighbor. As a family, investigate the treatment of refugees or other immigrants in your community. What difficulties do they experience? Talk about what you as a family can do to help.

Collect and write down family stories about your ancestors who first came to this country. What do their experiences teach us about the way we should treat others?

We show our love for God by imitating God’s compassion in caring for those who are poor. Use this time to evaluate your family’s concern for those who are poor in your community. Remind your family that you also need to be aware of the sufferings of those who are poor throughout the world. Gather together as a family, and vote on a family project to help alleviate suffering in your community or in the world.

Draw a large heart on a blank sheet of white paper. Cut out the heart and write the passage from Matthew’s Gospel 22:37-39 inside. Hang the heart in a special place to remind your family of Jesus’ Great Commandment each day.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
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Reflections & Questions

30A Ordinary Time

Reflection by ASC Sisters

The bottom-line

Today’s gospel “bottom-lines” it for us. Jesus tells us that there are 2 main, important things we need to know about what He preached and the law of God. “Bottom-line” we are to love God more than anything else and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Simple, right? Yes and no! It is easy to understand the first part, loving God more than anything else but it is not always so easy to do. For example, it can sometimes be hard to love God more than anything else on Sunday mornings when we would love to stay in bed or at home watching cartoons. Can you think of other times when it is hard to love God more than anything else?

Jesus is kinda tricky with the second part. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Seems simple but there are actually 3 things we need to be able to do. Before we can loves someone else the way we love our self we must first love our self. What are some of the ways we love ourselves and is this always easy? Is it by doing everything that will make us happy? What about when we eat too much candy, which will make us happy but will also make our tummies sick and our bodies unhealthy?

Next, in order to love our neighbor as ourselves we must figure out who our neighbor is. Who is Jesus talking about when He says, “Love your neighbor?” Is it only the people who live next door to us? Our family? Our friends? Finally, we have to figure out how to love them. Can you think of some example of how you love your neighbor as your self? It can be very difficult sometimes but Jesus is always there to help us because He loves EVERYONE, including us. If we ask Him, He willhelp us learn how to love everyone as we love ourselves


Materials needed: 24 inch pieces of yarn, enough for everyone in the class. Fruit loop cereal and/or beads.

Preparation: Tie knots at one end of each piece of yarn. Set-out several bowls of the cereal or beads so that several children can share them. Tell the children that the yarn represents God’s love for them and when they finish the project it will be made into a loop that will surround them as God’s love does.

There will be 3 sections to the necklace. Begin by asking each child to briefly describe a way they show their love for God. They will then put a piece of cereal or a bead on the yarn for each example they give. Let each child give 3 or 4 examples. Then put a different colored bead or a knot to separate these examples from the next set. Ask the children to give examples of how they love themselves and place a bead/cereal on the yarn for each example. Place a different colored bead or a knot to separate these from the 3rd set. Ask the children to give examples of how they love their neighbors. Tie the 2 ends of the yarn together to make a necklace.Ask the children to wear their necklaces back to church and after Mass to tell their parents what each bead represents. If using cereal, remind them not to eat it until after Mass.


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)
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Used with permission.
CAFOD Guided Discussion

Gospel Reflection

What do you remember from today’s reading? 

There is a lot of talk about something called a commandment. A commandment is a type of rule that God has given us.

Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is. Can you remember what he says?

Jesus says the greatest and the first commandment is that we should love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind

Let’s think quietly for a moment about this. When we love someone we try to show this in the way that we treat them. How do you think you can show that you love God?

We can show that we love God when we pray – by giving thanks and praise to God. And by remembering all that God asks us to do. We can also show our love for God by trying to behave in a way that pleases God. This is where the second commandment comes in. Can you remember what it was?

Jesus asks us to love our neighbour as ourselves. When Jesus asks us to love our neighbour, do you think he just means the person who lives next door? Who else is our neighbour?

Our neighbours are the people sitting next to us right now, as well as all the people in the same street, at school and at church, in our town and in our world. After all, we’re all part of the same big global family. And we’re all loved by God.

Some neighbours live close to us and some live far away. But Jesus asks us to love them all as we love ourselves. What do you think this means?

Jesus wants us to treat other people as we would want to be treated, to make sure all people are treated fairly, and have what they need. How do you think we can do that?

You could share the “Helping our neighbours” PowerPoint mentioned in the activity suggestions at this point.

CAFOD works with local experts around the world to help our neighbours to have clean water, to have a home, to have enough food to eat, and to go to the doctor if they are unwell.

We can all put our love into action to support our neighbours around the world and to help them get the things that they need.

Think about your neighbours close by and those far away. What will you do t


We love God with all our hearts and so we pray together:

We pray for the Church throughout the world: that it may do as Jesus asks, showing love for God and all people. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our neighbours around the world: that together we may work to build a future free from poverty. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may be moved to reach out in love to our neighbours around the world. Lord, in your mercy…

Closing prayer: God of life, we love you, we thank you and we praise you for all that you have done for us. Help us to love our neighbours, both here and around the world, and treat all people as we would wish to be treated. Amen.

SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) – Reformatted and adapted for browser
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

⚪  Has your teacher or your parents ever given you a list of things to do that is so long and complicated that you don’t know where to start? It can feel overwhelming when you have too much to remember. When Jesus grew up he had to learn a great long list of rules, called the Law of Moses, which had to be followed to please God. Jesus instead gives us simple directions. What do you think Jesus means when he says ‘Love others as much as you love yourself’?

⚪  Do you know what it is called? (the ten commandments) The church leaders in Jesus’ time were called the Sadducees and the Pharisees. These complicated rules were very important to them, and they expected everyone to keep them perfectly. They wanted to test Jesus by asking him which rule was the most important.

⚪  Do you remember what Jesus said? (Love God first with every bit of yourself, and love others as much as you love yourself) Jesus’ answer covered everything! Was it a good answer?

⚪  What do you think Jesus means when he says ‘love? What did Jesus want us to learn by his answer? (Love grows when we share it, and when we love others we also show love for God) Can you think of ways that we can put these words into action? (look for specific examples that the children might be able to do)

For Adolescents

Jesus’ words ought to align our response to God with our attitude towards people. It is not possible to love God and despise people. Both are needed to fulfill our faith for it to be authentic.

⚪  Which of these two parts of Jesus’ great commandment do you find most easy to do –is it easier for you to love God and ignore those around you, or are you drawn to people but find it difficult to be attentive to God?

⚪  Creating balance in our lives requires continual effort. In what ways do you achieve and maintain this balance?

⚪  Reflect on how you have experienced God’s love and how you have extended in to others. Look for opportunities this week to do this.

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
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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