Lets begin with the Sign of the Cross:
We are still in Ordinary Time, and the priest was wearing a green chasuble on Sunday. That is going to change because tomorrow will be the first day of the time that the Church calls Lent. Lent is the time before Easter. Its one of the purple seasons of the Church calendar.
GOSPEL: At Mass this weekend, the Gospel reading was from the Gospel of Luke. Its a continuation of Jesus Sermon on the Plain. We began reading the Sermon on the Plain two weeks ago. Jesus gave an important sermon. First, he told people, Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. And then he told people, Do to others as you would have them do to you. Today, well read from the 3rd part of that sermon. Its in your childrens bulletin.
ASK: What do you think?
ART: Jesus asked, "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? About 450 years ago, an artist in a place that is now the country of Belgium painted his depiction of this message from Jesus sermon. The artist was Pieter Brueghel, the Elder. He died the year after he painted this. The name of the painting is Parable of the Blind Men. The painting shows six blind men. The men are holding each other for guidance, with each man following the blind man in front of him. If you click on the picture, you will see a much larger version.
On the far right side of the painting, we see that the leader of the blind men already has fallen into a ditch -- a pit. Because they are all linked together, all will fall into the pit, one after another.
Next to the first man -- and ready to fall into the pit himself -- is this man. We see that he has no eyes at all.
And this is the next blind man who will fall. He has eyes, but they do not see.
And the next man looks up, but sees nothing, because he cannot see.
And then there is the blind man with the dark hat,wearing a crucifix around his neck.
And then the blind man with the light blue hat and his eyes closed. All will fall into the pit because they are blind men following the blind.
The painting is about three feet high and about five feet wide. The artist painted on fabric, a kind of cloth called linen. The paint that the artist used was mixed with glue. Because of how this painting was made, some of the painting has eroded over the centuries. Here is a portion of the painting that shows how the painting has eroded over the centuries. If you look closely, you will see a cow in the painting, on the right side of this portion of the painting.
SNACK: Remember our
prayer before meals?
Brother Francis video (# 33): What
What is Lent? The penitential season
TEXTBOOK: This week
well do Lesson # 7. It begins on page 69. The
lesson is called, "How do we praise and thank
God?" So, let's turn to page 69.
SAINT FEATURED IN CHAPTER:
COLORING: St. Francis of Assisi bookmarks
CLOSING PRAYERS: Time to say goodbye. :-) [Distribute Our Father and Hail Mary pages.] We'll begin with the Our Father. You know the words. Read them as we all say them. Reading as you say them will help you to remember the words even better. Well also say the Hail Mary. Read it as you say it, and soon you will know it by heart.
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