March 22, 2022; class # 24 (Luke 13:1-9)

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Let’s begin with the Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your faithful. Light the fire of your love in them. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Walk to the crocus:
We began with a walk to the church, to see the crocus that we planted in October. The crocus will return year after year during the season of Lent, and they will multiply year after year. As the years pass, there will be more and more crocus.

Liturgical Calendar:
We are in the season of Lent now. This past Sunday, priests wore purple chasubles. Lent is one of the two purple seasons of the Church calendar. This is Father Hammond at Mass on Sunday. This coming Sunday, we'll still be in Lent, but priests will not be wearing purple chasubles. They will be wearing PINK chasubles. They'll call the color "rose," but it's pink.

Every Sunday at Mass, there are three readings from the Bible. The 1st reading is from the Old Testament. The 2nd reading is from the New Testament (but not from one of the gospels). The 3rd reading -- the one that is read by a priest -- is from one of the four gospels: the book of Matthew, the book of Mark, the book of Luke, or the book of John. Usually, in this class, we read only the gospel reading that the priest read on Sunday. But on this past Sunday, the reading from the Old Testament was an important one. It is one that educated people would have heard, so we're going to read it, in addition to the gospel reading. It is in your
first children's bulletin for this class.

We've talked about Moses before. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, and Moses shared them with the people. Moses lived about 1,300 years before Jesus, or maybe even 1,500 years before Jesus. No one is exactly sure, but Moses lived many, many, many generations before Jesus. The part of Moses' life that was read at church on Sunday happened before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. This part of Moses' life happened when he was a young man.

There are two things you need to know to understand this reading:
1st, a "pharaoh" was like a king in ancient Egypt. He was very powerful.
And, 2nd, Moses was an Israelite. And Israelites were held as slaves by the Egyptians.

Moses and the Burning Bush

While Moses was tending a flock of sheep,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses within a burning bush.
The bush was on fire, but it was not burning up.
God called to Moses from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"

What did God then say to Moses?
"I am the God of your father,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob.
I have indeed seen the misery
of my people in Egypt.
I have heard them crying out
because of their slave drivers,
and I am concerned about their suffering.
So now, go.
I am sending you to Pharaoh
to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."

Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your
fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell
God told Moses, "I am who I am."

Moses went to Egypt,
and God sent 12 plagues on the Egyptians.
The Pharoah finally let the Israelites go.


The gospel reading on Sunday was from the Gospel of Luke. It tells about a time when Jesus told a parable to people, to try to teach them. A "parable" is a little story that teaches about how to be good and how to act. Jesus told many parables. The lesson in this parable is that we should bear good fruit, that we should act as Jesus would act and as Jesus would want us to act. People call this, "the parable of the fig tree." It is in your
second children's bulletin for this class.

Repent and Bear Fruit

Jesus said,

A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and have not found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?"

How did the man in Jesus' parable respond?
"Sir, leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down."

SNACK: Remember our prayer before meals?
Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Oranges, apples, blueberries, but no figs. ]

TEXTBOOK: This week we’ll do Lesson # 24. It begins on page 205. The textbook lesson is called, "How are we called to repentance today?" Let's turn to page 205.

CLOSING PRAYERS: Time to say goodbye. :-) We'll begin with the Our Father.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, please defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke the devil, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


Statue of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, at de Chantal.
She founded the parochial school system in the USA.
"If I had to advise parents, I should tell them
to take great care about the people with whom their children associate."