This week we learn about the three parts of being a Disciple. These are simple to explain to children, and practice ourselves. It doesn’t require anything of us that we aren’t already. Being a Disciple is us being and doing who and what we are, and glorifying The Lord by that life which He gave us. Also this week, we have a podcast episode connected with this week’s readings that is fun and interactive that the whole family can listen to as a refresher on How to Be a Disciple. We must Glorify The Lord by our Life.
Glorify The Lord By Your Life
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Catechesis At Home – 5th Sunday of Easter – Year B
Glorify The LORD By Your Life
DISCUSSION – We all need to glorify the Lord
This week all of the readings describe some aspect or attribute of discipleship. What does it mean to be a disciple? Many times we think that word refers only to those men and women in the Bible who followed Jesus. Sometimes we even narrow it down to the Twelve Apostles. But in reality, we are all called to be disciples. The word “disciple” means a student or follower who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of another (Merriam-Webster School Dictionary). There are three parts to being a disciple: 1) being a student or follower, 2) accepting the teachings of someone, and 3) helping to spread those teachings.
In the first reading, we see Saul (newly converted to the faith, and who would become St. Paul) speaking “out boldly in the name of the Lord.” In the second reading, St. John instructs us that speaking is not enough we must love “in deed and truth.” He teaches us to form our hearts so that they have confidence in God and to keep His commandments. We do this when we work to form our conscience rightly. And Jesus, in the Gospel, explains that as long as we remain in Him, we have life; and by doing so we glorify God and are counted among His disciples.
Discipleship is not easy. St. Paul had to run for his life on several occasions, one of which is described in this week’s first reading. St. John who wrote the second reading and the Gospel lived a long time in exile. Jesus showed us by His death that we must suffer, too. But remember the Resurrection! Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He made it possible for us to follow Him into life: eternal life in heaven. Yes, being a disciple is difficult sometimes, but the reward is eternal life and THAT is worth it!
ACTIVITY – How to glorify the Lord
One of the dismissals for Mass is, “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.” Talk with your family this week about what that means. How do we glorify God? When we are at home, do we speak to and treat one another lovingly in “deed and truth” or do we treat one another harshly? At school and work, do we boldly live as a Christian or do we hide it? Do we desire our heart to be like Jesus’ heart? Do we follow His commandments? And when we fail and are sorry; do we go to Confession?
Remember, being a disciple of Christ is 1) being a student or follower of His, 2) accepting His teaching, and 3) helping to spread the Good News. We accomplish the third aspect differently based on each person’s vocation and state in life, and personality. Parents are given the task of passing on the faith to their children. Children are given the task of obeying their parents. Baptized Christians are sharers in the divine life of Christ and have the obligation to share that life with others. This is what it means to “glorify the Lord by your life.”
For a mid-week refresher about Discipleship, listen with the whole family to How to be a Disciple – Episode 42 of On the Road to Perfection, our podcast.
Other Come Away and Rest-related items of interest on our site:
How do you Glorify the LORD?
by Beth Cowles, MACE
HOO™ Co-Founder and Director of Faith Formation | Lead Catechist
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More fun and laughs!
The Mass dismissal is perhaps the most important part of the Mass after the source and summit, the Eucharist.
It calls us to action, drives us to purpose, and requires of us dedication.
Are we up to that task?
Beth and Kristofer reveal their favorite dismissal – and, more entertaining, their least favorite. As they muddle along as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, they invite you to contemplate the dismissal as more than just an invitation to go to the donut shop!
They also give a tutorial on movie end credits, and an homage to Ferris Buehler…