Breaking Open the Word at Home: August 11, 2019

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents

The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach the Catholic Faith and live the Catholic Faith as a family.

August 11, 2019: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wisdom 18:6-9, Psalm 33, Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19, Luke 12:32-48

Summary of Readings

The first reading speaks of the Israelite’s faithful obedience during Passover in anticipating their deliverance. The Psalm sings of the blessedness of God’s people, the Family of God.

The letter to the Hebrews exults the acts of Abraham, for Abraham is the Father of Faith and his life should inspire us to live by faith. The Gospel proclaims our Lord’s instruction that His people remain in faith for His return,

Catechetical Talking Points

These readings speak to the very nature of faith. What is faith? What does it mean to be a person of faith? Below are the talking points to assist parents and godparents. CCC stands for The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Truth in Action

Parents or godparents can also put the catechetical content into action through various activities. Here are just a few examples:

  • Pray an Act of Faith for our with your child/godchild.
  • Explore the Saints with your child or godchild. Discuss the different ways they show us how to have faith.
  • Plan a movie night with your child or godchild. Pick from one of the several dozens of Saint films as a way of providing examples of living in faith.

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Brandon Harvey is a Teacher, Speaker and Theological Consultant who resides in Omaha, Nebraska. He is married and is blessed with four children. He is the host of the Home Catechesis Podcast and the Home Catechesis Review (Vlog) on youtube.