Things on Earth aren’t for Forever

This week’s Gospel reading tells us about those little moths. Do you know why?

Have you ever seen a little moth flying around inside your house? Maybe you thought it was just a harmless little bug, but those little moths are after something. Those little moths lay eggs, and their larvae eat your clothes! Maybe you have even seen a little hole in a sweater. The little larvae go crazy for wool, and sometimes they can just ruin your nice clothes! Today’s Gospel reading tells us about those little moths. Do you know why?

Well, because those little moths remind us that things on earth don’t last forever. Things here on earth can fall apart, they can die, they can get ruined, they can get stolen. Things on earth aren’t for forever! Remember the little moths, and think about your treasure in heaven. We can put treasures in heaven when we help the poor and the needy. Can you make a plan this Lent? Can you put this kind of treasure in heaven for yourself?

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An Orthodox nun named Maria lived in Paris, and she became a saint because of the life she led there. Most monks and nuns live in monasteries, but Saint Maria did not want to live in a monastery. She lived in a house in downtown Paris. Since lots of people became very poor during the war, Maria tried to help them. In her house, she took care of lots and lots of people who had no food to eat, no bed to sleep in, and no friends to help them. But this brave woman was soon in trouble for doing all these things. She was sent away to a place where many people were hurt and even killed.

We might think that this is a sad story, but in the end it is really a happy one, because now Saint Maria is a saint in heaven! And she is an
example to us here on earth. She shows us that even when things are hard we can always try to be like our Lord, Jesus Christ—loving everybody and doing everything that we can to help others.

We celebrate St. Maria on Monday, March 18th (OC: March 31st).


Presvytera Alexandra Houck

Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.