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St Alban’s Catholic Church, Finchley Children’s Liturgy
2 nd Sunday of Advent Year B Sunday 6 th December 2020 Do you have an advent wreath or a candle and perhaps a cross? Why don’t you collect them and join together as a family to welcome Jesus. If you have an advent wreath, light the first two purple candles, make the sign of the cross and say… Dear God, Thank you Amen for the big, round world for the sea. God for all my friends, God for loving me.
Hi, we are June, Monika, Linda and Claudia and we lead the Liturgy of the Word for children on the first Sunday of the month. A new lesson will be posted every week and would love for you to join in! Please get in touch with your comments and photos (not including children’s faces please) of the activities. Email [email protected] org. uk
Let us read today’s Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: All people shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia! A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 1: 1 -8) Glory to you, O Lord. This is the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It began just as God had said in the book written by Isaiah the prophet, “I am sending my messenger to get the way ready for you. In the desert someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him. ’” So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven. ” From all Judea and from Jerusalem crowds of people went to John. They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River. John wore clothes made of camel’s hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey. John also told the people, “Someone more powerful is going to come. And I am not good enough even to stoop down and untie his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!” The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord, Jesus Christ.
Reflection In the gospel for today, Saint Mark tells us about John and good news. John was the cousin of Jesus John calls everyone who will listen to hear the good news. The good news is that Jesus, the son of God is coming. What does today’s Gospel tell us about John the Baptist? John was very modest. He wore clothes made of camel’s hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey. What else does today’s Gospel tell us about John. He invites the people to be baptized in the water, so they could get ready for Jesus. John the Baptist’s whole life was dedicated to “preparing the way of the Lord”. We have entered the second week of Advent; the time when we wait for something very special to happen. The birth of Jesus, son of God. Now we are asked to prepare also. How can we do that? Through prayers, kind words and kind deeds. Turning away from careless words and actions. Helping not refusing. Being selfless (thinking about others) not being selfish (thinking just about yourself). How is your family preparing for the birth of Jesus? Do you have an Advent wreath? Are you saying special prayers with your family? What special time are you spending together? We need peace and quiet for preparation. We need time to think about what needs to be done and time to pray. This time of preparation and contemplation (thinking) can be done when you are alone or with others. Let us make a space in our lives for God by prayer and thinking about God and the great work of Jesus.
Activity 1 John preaches the good news. Complete and colour. Activity 2 To prepare for the coming of Jesus, son of God, make a list of the things in your lives that you plan to change to prepare a bigger place for God in your lives. Why not share that list with us?
Let us bow our heads and say our closing prayer together… Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to listen to Your word in the Gospel, and like John the Baptist, help us to be brave and do what is right and pleasing to You. Amen.