Following the map

Following the map

Did you ever get really lost? Maybe you were even riding around with your parents, and you couldn’t find where you wanted to go. It helps to have some tool to show you the way, doesn’t it? A map, or GPS, or just somebody’s directions. Saint Paul gave some advice...

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Joined together in Christ

Joined together in Christ

Have you ever watched your priest or deacon use his censer? Do you watch where he censes? He censes the altar, and he blesses the holy things. He censes the icons, and we remember the saints in the pictures. He censes the people, and we remember that we want to...

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Who are our neighbors?

Who are our neighbors?

What’s the first Bible story you ever heard? Maybe it was the parable of the Good Samaritan. Do you remember the story? A man was on a trip, and some robbers beat him up, stole his things, and left him there. Two people went by—and they were people you’d expect...

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Lazarus…and the rich man

Lazarus…and the rich man

Can you think about a relative or family friend who has died? Do you remember the good things that person did, or the happy times you had together? Maybe you’ve heard stories about him or her that make you happy. Usually we remember the nice things about somebody, don’t we?...

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Our Lord’s Touch

Our Lord’s Touch

Can you think of a time you got hurt? Maybe your father or mother gave you a hug or touched you, and you felt better! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear about how Jesus touched people—and they felt better too! We hear about two miracles that our Lord did to...

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It’s Tradition!

It’s Tradition!

Do you have traditions that you follow with your family? On holidays, maybe you do the same special thing every year. Maybe you wonder where those traditions came from or when they started. Maybe you’ve asked and nobody can tell you. “I don’t know. It’s tradition!” somebody might tell you....

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Growing…in Christ

Growing…in Christ

Did you ever wonder what you’ll look like when you are all grown up? Or what you’ll be? Or how you’ll spend your time? Maybe you’ve wondered what kind of person you’ll grow up to be. Today we hear the parable of the sower, the man who planted seeds. He...

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A cheerful giver

A cheerful giver

Have you ever given something to somebody… but you didn’t really want to? Maybe your parents made you share something that you wanted to keep to yourself, or you gave away something that you would have rather had instead. It doesn’t feel like giving when we don’t want to give,...

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The easy way

The easy way

Have you ever taken a test? Sometimes you might have some hard questions to answer. Some of them might be kind of easy. And on a test, sometimes the hard ones and the easy ones might be all mixed up together. The gospel reading today tells us about the hard...

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Do not be afraid!

Do not be afraid!

Is there something you are afraid about? You might not know that the thing people are most afraid about is…spiders! Yes, more people are afraid of spiders than any other thing. Usually, people are afraid of something that is stronger than they are, or more powerful. Some spiders might have...

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Don’t be ashamed!

Don’t be ashamed!

Can you think of something you were really embarrassed about? Maybe it was something that was actually no big deal, like dropping your lunch at school or tripping over your own two feet. But have you ever been embarrassed about bigger things? Like your Christian faith? In today’s Gospel reading,...

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A new creation

A new creation

Have you ever been really excited about getting something new? New clothes, a new toy, maybe some new school supplies this year. It’s fun to have something fresh and clean and new. In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul tells how people could become Christians. He wrote, “A new creation is...

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