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The parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son offer two important lessons: (1) Every one of us matters, and (2) God rejoices when we repent and turn back to him.
As the school and program year begins, keep in mind and apply the first lesson in your classroom: Every child matters—to God and to us. Greet each child by name and give each of them your attention as they share responses or experiences. Make an effort to draw out the shy or quiet children without putting them on the spot or making them uncomfortable. When a child is needy or challenging, pray for help to see them with God’s eyes and to love them with God’s love. Regularly pray for each child by name.
The second lesson is about turning back to God with a repentant heart. This lesson encourages us to keep our relationships with God current. We do this through regular prayer and mindfulness. As we grow in our prayer lives, we become more mindful of those times when we have been unloving or selfish in word, thought, or action. Repenting and confessing our sins in prayer and the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation will help us keep our hearts turned to God. When we do this, we reap many blessings!
This Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. Read Nicholle’s post about it here.
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