Prepare your heart, and the hearts of your children, by listening to this Sunday’s Gospel. The Gospel is paraphrased for younger children and read for older children, followed by engaging questions to help us think about what we’ve heard.
One day, Jesus told a parable. (A parable is a story with a special meaning.) He said, “Once a man gave a big banquet. (A banquet is a big meal.) He invited many people to come to the banquet.
“The day of the banquet came. The man sent his servant to tell the people who were invited that the banquet was ready and they should come. The servant went all over town to talk to all the people who had been invited.
“Every person had an excuse. One said he had to watch over his new field. Another said he wanted to go see the animals he had just bought. A third had just gotten married and couldn’t come.
“None of the invited people would come to the banquet!
“When the servant told his master this, the man was angry. He told the servant to go out into the streets and alleys of the city. He said his servant should bring the poor, the hurt, the blind, and those who couldn’t walk.
“The servant did that, but there was still room for more people. When he told his master, the man said, ‘Then go to the highways and make the people come in! I want my house to be full! And none of those that I invited will eat this banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.’”
1. In the story Jesus told, a man gave a great banquet. Have you ever been to a banquet? What happens at a banquet?
2. The master had a servant. What was the first thing he asked the servant to do?
3. Did the invited people come to the banquet? Why, or why not?
4. Who came to the banquet? Was there still room after they came?
5. What did the master say then?
6. The story ends with the master saying, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” This is to teach us a lesson. God wants everyone in the kingdom, to live with Him forever. When we come to Holy Communion each Sunday, we come to the banquet of our Lord. We should not have excuses, like, “I want to stay home and relax.” God wants us to come to church. We must be sure to say “yes” to God.
One day, Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. It was the Sabbath, the day of the week when Jewish people rest and worship God. There was a woman there who was sick. She had been sick for 18 years! Her sickness made her bend over.
When Jesus saw her, He called to her. He said, “Woman, you are well now!” He laid His hands on her. Right away she could stand up straight! The woman praised God for healing her.
The ruler of the synagogue saw this and got very angry with Jesus because He healed the woman on the Sabbath. (Remember, Jews rest on the Sabbath.) So the ruler told the people, “There are six other days in the week to work. Come to be healed on those days, not the Sabbath!”
But Jesus said to him, “Don’t you untie your ox or donkey from its manger and lead it to water on the Sabbath? That is work too! If you can work so your animal can drink, shouldn’t this woman be set free from her sickness on the Sabbath?”
When Jesus said this, His enemies were ashamed and embarrassed. But the people were very happy because of all the wonderful things that Jesus was doing.
1. What was Jesus doing when the story begins?
2. What did Jesus say to the woman?
3. What happened then?
4. The ruler of the synagogue didn’t like what Jesus did. Why?
5. Do you have any pets, or know someone that does?
6. If a pet was stuck in a hole, or needed some kind of help, would you help them, even if it was the Sabbath?
7 Jesus told the ruler of the synagogue that it was not wrong to heal on the Sabbath, because healing is good, and comes from God. Any day of the week, we can pray for ourselves and those we know, who need healing.