DE NUESTROS EDITORES – 20 de enero, 2019 – 2.o Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Author: Joan McKamey ~ January 13, 2019

From our Editors

¡Bienvenidos a la Unidad 3 y al inicio del Tiempo Ordinario! Ahora que ustedes comienzan la Unidad 3 con sus niños, el equipo editorial ha enviado a la imprenta las lecciones para la Unidad 4. (¡En ocasiones es un poco confuso para nuestros editores y diseñadores trabajar con las lecciones de Cuaresma y Pascua durante los meses de noviembre y diciembre!).

Ahora comenzaremos a planear el programa anual para el 2019-2020. Los Gospel Weeklies se revisan y reelaboran cada año, no repetimos el mismo contenido que se ofreció hace tres años. Comenzamos con dicha base, pero actualizamos o reemplazamos relatos, actividades, fotos e ilustraciones. Verificamos también que los Evangelios incluidos en las lecciones vayan de acuerdo con el Evangelio dominical que los niños escucharán en la Misa. Fortalecemos el contenido doctrinal en todos los niveles, así como la sección “Palabra de la fe católica” en los niveles Good News, Venture y Visions. Revisamos que las ilustraciones litúrgicas cumplan con las normas actuales y verificamos que el texto tomado de las liturgias corresponda a los ritos que se utilizan hoy en día. Este año también será el tercer año que ofrecemos nuestras Guías Catequéticas renovadas.

Nuestro equipo mejora continuamente los Gospel Weeklies para ayudarles en su importante ministerio como catequistas, maestros y padres; para ayudar a los niños a aprender el contenido de nuestra fe (en sus mentes y corazones) e integrarlo en sus vidas y, por supuesto, ¡para dar gloria a Dios!

OREMOS: Dios bueno y misericordioso, tú nos llamas a comenzar un nuevo año, una nueva unidad y a trabajar en un plan para un nuevo año escolar. Confiamos en tu guía y protección. Ayúdanos a acercarnos más a ti y a darte gloria y honor con nuestras vidas. Bendice a los niños que están bajo nuestro cuidado. Abre sus mentes y sus corazones para que puedan recibir tus Buenas Noticias. Amén.

 

Traducción: Erika De Urquidi

Imagen: © Bayard, Inc.

FROM OUR EDITORS—January 13, 2019 – Baptism of the Lord

Author: Joan McKamey ~ January 2, 2019

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the heavens open, the Holy Spirit descend in bodily form like a dove, and a voice from heaven say, “You are my beloved child; with you I am well pleased”? What a boost in confidence that would give us and how inspired we would be to do God’s mission!

While these events likely didn’t accompany our own Baptisms, we are the beneficiaries of all that God’s beloved Son accomplished through his life, Death, and Resurrection. When we receive Holy Communion, we might imagine the heavens opening as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, comes to us both physically and spiritually through his Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. THAT should boost our confidence in our God-given gifts as well as inspire us to embrace God’s mission and carry it out with zeal.

LET US PRAY: Good and gracious God, as we complete our observance of the Christmas season, help us to remain mindful of all that the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, brings to our lives. As we live out our baptismal call in this new year, may we seek to do so with clear intention and focus. May your Holy Spirit inspire us and give us all we need to share the Good News of your great love with others. Amen.

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FROM OUR EDITORS—December 25, 2018 & January 6, 2019 – Christmas & Epiphany

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 20, 2018

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Our Lord and Savior came to share in our humanity so that we might share in his divinity. How blessed we are!

We wish our readers and Gospel Weeklies users a truly blessed Christmas season! All of our Christmases will be blessed, but it’s up to us to recognize and give thanks for the many blessings!

LET US PRAY: Good and Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, who bought us our salvation. We pray for those who don’t know you or believe in you. May they see the difference our faith makes in our lives and come to seek you too. We make this prayer in Jesus’ most holy name. Amen.

Image credit: Corinne SIMON/CIRIC

DE NUESTROS EDITORES – 25 de diciembre, 2018 y 6 de enero – Navidad y Epifania

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 20, 2018

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Nuestro Señor y Salvador vino a compartir nuestra humanidad para que nosotros pudiéramos compartir su divinidad. ¡Qué gran bendición!

¡Deseamos que todos nuestros lectores y usuarios de los Gospel Weeklies pasen un tiempo de Navidad lleno de gozo y de paz! La Navidad es un tiempo lleno de bendiciones, pero depende de cada uno de nosotros reconocer y agradecer a Dios por todas las bondades recibidas.

OREMOS: Dios bueno y misericordioso, te damos gracias por el regalo de tu Hijo, Jesús, quien nos ha traído la salvación. Te pedimos por los que no te conocen o no creen en ti, para que puedan ver la importancia de la fe en nuestras vidas y lleguen a conocerte también. Te lo pedimos en nombre de Jesús. Amén.

Traducción: Erika De Urquidi

Imagen: Corinne SIMON/CIRIC

FROM OUR EDITORS—December 23, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 17, 2018

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As we prepare for gatherings with family and friends over the Christmas holiday, reflecting on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth may enhance the time we share with others. Elizabeth’s unborn baby (John the Baptist) “leaped for joy” at the sound of Mary’s greeting. John recognized the presence of our Lord and leaped for joy in his mother’s womb.

LET US PRAY: Good and gracious God, as we celebrate the final days of Advent, we ask you to make the joy of our Christmas celebrations complete. Help us to seek and recognize your presence in each person we meet. Amen.

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DE NUESTROS EDITORES – 23 de diciembre, 2018 – 4.o Domingo de Adviento

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 11, 2018

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Ahora que nos preparamos para las reuniones familiares y para recibir a nuestros amigos en las Fiestas Navideñas, reflexionar sobre la visita de María a Isabel puede ayudarnos a mejorar el tiempo que compartimos con los demás. El bebé dentro de Isabel (Juan el Bautista) “saltó de gozo” al escuchar el saludo de María. Juan reconoció la presencia de nuestro Señor y saltó de gozo en el vientre de su madre.

OREMOS: Dios bueno y misericordioso, al acercarnos al final del tiempo de Adviento, te pedimos que el gozo que sentimos por la celebración de la Navidad sea pleno. Ayúdanos a buscar y a reconocer tu presencia en cada persona a nuestro alrededor. Amén.

Traducción: Erika De Urquidi

Imagen: iStock.com/RgStudio

FROM OUR EDITORS—December 16, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 10, 2018

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This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin imperative for: “Rejoice!” (The imperative voice is equivalent to a command. Do it!) In the Second Reading, Saint Paul writes—from prison: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

Have you ever wondered why Paul choose to “say it again”? Well, if we look around—and maybe look at ourselves too, we will see that joy isn’t the dominant mood. And it should be for us Christians since we profess to have the greatest reason of all to rejoice. We sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” His name is Emmanuel, which means God-with-us.

LET US PRAY: Good and gracious God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus. He has revealed your great love for us and has bought us our salvation. Help us to rejoice in his gift and to keep this joy always in our hearts. Give us an abundance of joy so that we may share it with others—during this season of joy and beyond. Amen.

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FROM OUR EDITORS—December 9, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ December 3, 2018

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I am Mexican, so my heart has always had a very special place for Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast we celebrate on December 12. Since I was a young girl, I learned to love her and to ask for her intercession, as I always felt she was very close to me. But Our Lady of Guadalupe is not only the Queen and Patroness of Mexico. In 1999, the Church proclaimed her the Empress of the Americas and the Protectress of Unborn Children. Anyone who comes to her is under her special care.

In 1531, when the Spanish conquistadors occupied the city of Tenochtitlan and Catholic missionaries were trying to bring the natives to the Christian faith, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego. Juan was one of the natives who had already embraced the Christian faith. He was canonized by Saint John Paul II in 2002.

Juan Diego was able to understand that the Mother of Our Savior was standing right before his eyes because Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to him surrounded by the symbols that his ancestors, the Aztecs, knew and revered. When the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, she was standing in front of the sun (one of the Aztec’s deities), which demonstrates her supremacy over it. Over her head and body, she was wearing a veil covered with stars and painted with green and blue, which were the colors of the Aztec gods. Our Lady of Guadalupe’s complexion is dark, and her hair is black, but her hands show something very peculiar: one of them is lighter than the other one, which symbolizes the union between the two cultures. Beneath her hands, we can see a black ribbon belt with a special knot that indicates that she is expecting. For the Aztecs, the crescent moon was the symbol of Quetzalcoatl, one of their most important gods. Mary appeared standing over the moon, which suggests her superiority over him.

The Virgin Mary called Juan Diego “the smallest of her children” and told him: “Do not be afraid, am I not here, your Mother? Aren’t you under my care?” When life’s problems become heavy and unbearable, Our Lady of Guadalupe invites us to find refuge in her arms and to trust her intercession. Throughout my life, I have found comfort in those loving words in every situation.

LET US PRAY: By the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may we find peace and serenity as we prepare our hearts to receive Jesus this coming Christmas Day.

To access a live broadcast of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Basilica in Mexico City and leave a petition or a prayer, click here.

 

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FROM OUR EDITORS—December 2, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 26, 2018

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Happy New Year! We begin a new Liturgical Year on the 1st Sunday of Advent. You’ll notice that our Advent Gospel Weeklies lessons focus on joyful anticipation, which is the spirituality of the season of Advent. We delay the celebration of Christmas to, well, Christmas.

Our culture may push us to celebrate Christmas before Christmas and skip over the season of Advent altogether. The Church encourages us to slow the pace and take time to focus on preparing our hearts to celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. During Advent, we also consider how well we are preparing for Christ’s Second Coming.

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus warns the disciples to be ready for the Second Coming: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from…the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap” (Luke 21:34–35a). Our hearts and spirits can certainly become drowsy and weary from the mad rush of Christmas preparations, and we can become anxious about the demands of daily life. Our Lord warns us to be ready—not to have all the gifts made or purchased, the house and tree decorated, the baking done, the cards sent out—but to be ready to stand erect and raise our heads to the Son of Man when he comes in glory.

We pray that your weeks of Advent will be ones of joyful anticipation and that you remember the joyful part! We pray that you don’t let the trappings of the “perfect” Christmas become a trap that prevents you from truly celebrating the most perfect gift of all—God’s Son become man—and the promise of redemption and eternal life he brings!

 

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FROM OUR EDITORS—November 25, 2018 – Solemnity of Christ the King

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 19, 2018

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is the last Sunday of the Church Year. Just as we do when a calendar year draws to a close and a new one is about to begin, we reflect on where we’ve been and where we resolve to go in the coming year. The Gospel for this Sunday invites us to reflect on Jesus’ response to Pilate when asked if he is the King of the Jews: “For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37).

Jesus says that his purpose is to testify to the truth. If we belong to the truth, we listen to his voice. He makes it sound simple and clear-cut, yet we falter in giving Christ our full attention and are swayed by some of the lies of this world. As catechetical leaders, catechists-teachers, and parents, our role is to point the children in our care to the truth—through both our words and actions.

WE PRAY: May God give us all the ability to block out the lies and focus on his truth as revealed by Jesus Christ. Amen.

How consistently do I seek the truth of Christ over the lies of this world?
How will I listen to the voice of Christ more attentively in the coming year?

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