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The Greatest Commandment, Hear O Israel

The Greatest Commandment, Hear O Israel

Hear O Israel the Greatest Commandment in this week’s TWMWU…and hear the commandment we give God without even thinking about it.

Watch out!

We share insights into the Commandments, particularly the Greatest, and show how all of them fall under these two.

And the activity is so short you won’t remember it, but the effects will last through eternity!

Jesus Died For Us

Jesus Died For Us

This week the Sons of Thunder ask Jesus a peculiar question, while first practically demanding He grant what they ask. Jesus died for us and in this exchange foretells the Apostles’ – and our – opportunity to serve with Him – to die for others.

Are we ready for that? Do we know what that means? How can we help ourselves and our loved ones recognize that and be who we are supposed to be and do what we are supposed to do?

That’s what we explore this week.

All these questions in one of our shortest TWMWUs ever. But still with lots of resources and a simple activity.

Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Jesus Heals the Blind Man

With a personal reflection on his own blindness and miraculous healing, Kristofer and Beth explore this week’s readings with a perspective nearly twenty years in the making.

Do we see Jesus healing countless blind people nine times in the Gospels as just causing them to see again? There has to be more to it. The promised Messiah would be known for healing the blind, and Jesus is the only One Who does it. And Who continues to do it.

An activity that will open your eyes awaits, if you dare do it, and resources galore – including a perennial hit from the United States Marine Band!

And as always, a freely downloadable PDF is yours for the taking.

All Things are Possible For God

All Things are Possible For God

This week Jesus has his famous encounter with the rich young man. And that story is so misunderstood it would take a book – so we only touch on it rather matter-of-factly below. In the context of the idea that all things are possible for God, one would think that if Jesus wanted the young man to follow Him, he would just command it.

But Love is the reason why He does not. In fact, His love for us and our refusal to let Him and to follow Him, is the reason that, while God can do anything, He doesn’t.

Annoying? Perhaps. Which is why in the dig deeper section there’s a fun activity that will annoy any of your kids or other people you want to drive the message home to.

All this and over a dozen free supporting resources, including the free download of the entire lesson, videos, podcasts, articles, and previous similar TWMWUs.

What is Marriage?

What is Marriage?

This week Jesus deals with the Pharisees who, once again, are trying to trap him – this time by using Moses against Him. They ask about divorce and Jesus takes this opportunity to answer the real question – What is Marriage?

This is a controversial topic nowadays, but it is one the Church will never waver from because she can’t. Jesus defines marriage quite specifically in this answer to the rather foolish looking Pharisees. Much like many look today when they try to define Holy Matrimony with the laws of the state. There are two meanings to Marriage, and the one the Church teaches is God’s meaning. Let Caesar have what is Caesar’s – man’s law.

We answer to a higher power, and this discussion and activity explain that, and help anyone truly interested (and not just looking for a fight) learn what Marriage is, what Catholics understand it to mean, and why it is Holy Matrimony.

There is a great activity that will prove Marriage is from God, which includes some storytelling, and lots of resources including a podcast episode we did about Marriage and Marriage Preparation.

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is For Us

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is For Us

This week, Jesus sounds like a cowboy out of the Ol’ West, making sure no bandits try to get any of the good stuff. Or is He?

“If you ain’t with us, yer agin’ us” is an old adage made famous by cowboys, presidents, and even ancient Romans. Jesus, in his usual style of humor and relatability, flips it over and uses it to teach us something very important: Whoever is not against us is for us.

The Truth of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel is not ours to keep, withhold, or deny to or from others who may not have the fullness of it as we do. Many a lesson can be learned from the ignorant, unlearned, and even impious. An atheist might stumble across Truth and share it, too!

In fact, you and I are not fully versed in the Truth, no matter how much we know or how much we share. So, are we agin’ Him, or for Him?

This week’s Mass warm-up gets your thoughts and feelings flowing with things to talk about and think about, as well as our family-friendly podcast episode covering this topic. We end with a couple of prayers to join with Jesus and the whole world in praying for what Jesus is talking about in Sunday’s Mass Readings.

So, git yer boots on and saddle up, pilgrim! There’s some Truth to be rustled up!