Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary time
Il-Ħmistax-il Ħadd matul is-Sena
☀️ For children from 4 to 7 years old☀️
1. Stop from what you are doing and calm down. In some quiet time, watch this video.
1. Oqgħod ftit fil-kwiet u ara dawn il-vidjo.
2. Enjoy doing this activity.
2. Ħu gost agħmel din l-attività
We will learn that
§ We need to listen and understand what God is telling us
§ When we listen and do what he wants, we become better persons
§ When we do not understand the Bible, we need to ask someone to explain it to us
§ Printout of the picture below
We ask: what is the parable about?
After allowing the children to narrate again the parable, we retell it with a short explanation.
There was once a sower who had a sack full of seeds. He went out and scattered all the seeds. Not all the seeds fell on the soil. Some fell on the path, some on the rocks, some among the thorns and the rest fell on good soil.
The apostles did not understand this parable, so Jesus said that the sower is God. He speaks to us every day, but we do not always listen. When we listen to Bible stories during the celebration of the Eucharist or during our catechetical meetings, but our minds wonder about, we are similar to the path upon which the seeds have fallen without bearing any fruit. At times, although we know how we should behave, although we know well that God would not like us to fight, we quickly start to shout and fight when we are angry at someone. When we do this, we are like the rocks upon which the seeds sown by the generous farmer have fallen. It could also be that activities, such as those related to school, to games and other important ones, take up all our time while we have no time to pray and to listen to Bible stories.
At times we are just like the thorns upon which the seeds have landed without any chances of survival. Although we know what God is telling us, we worry too much. We worry because someone does not want to be our friend; we worry because our friends have some nice games which we do not have; we worry because others are better than us at drawing or some other useful skill. These thoughts make us sad and so we cannot listen and understand what God is telling us. Instead of worrying, we would feel much better if we spoke with God, telling him about our own worries.
The last seed about which Jesus speaks in his parable, falls upon the fertile soil. We are like this good and fertile land when we pay attention during our meeting with the catechists, during mass and when someone is reading Bible stories and we listen to what God is saying through them. When we do this, we become better friends of Jesus and we will be very helpful to other people who wish to discover Jesus and love him as they see us doing.
The apostles did not understand the parable, so Jesus had to explain it to them. When we do not understand Bible stories, whom can we ask for a good explanation?
To remember what we have to do to become similar to the good and fertile soil, colour the picture below and leave it in a place where we can see it. Whilst colouring listen to The B-I-B-L-E Song