Good News A42a
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Used for Cycle B and C, too
In today’s Gospel is perhaps one of the most recited verses from the Bible:
Think about it. If you had an only Son would you offer his life to save
the whole world? God the Father brought
Suppose God gave you a chance to take a tour of heaven ahead of time. You want to make sure you’ll like this place. After all if you are going to spend forever there, you want to know what it will be like.
On earth you can have an appointment with God anytime you want. In heaven you will be able to see him and hear his voice. You will be able to give him a big hug.
You’ll have a perfect body. You won’t get sick. You won’t get hurt. You’ll feel good every day.
You will have anything you want. If you want a library full of books, you will have it. If you want to have a party with balloons, music and dancing with lots of family and friends, you can do that. If you want to fly kites across the heavens, you can do that. As I understand it, you will have whatever you want to be happy.
You will be able to wear clothes you like every day. You can eat the finest food.
If you want, God will let you look out for the people who are still on
earth and help them. God loves the people he created. This is why God decided
to send his Son. There were many people on earth who were doing good. There
were many people who were doing evil. God gave people a free will. They could
choose whether they wanted to be good or if they wanted to be evil. God did not
make boys and girls perfect. He did not make men and women perfect. God saw
that people were having a hard time down here on earth. People were ignoring
his ten commandments. God wanted his people to choose his way. So God decided
to send his son to earth to show us how to please him. He wanted to show his
people the benefits of choosing good over evil.
Take the time to draw a picture of what you think heaven is like. Then
say the “Our Father” thanking God the Father for sending
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Copyright © 2003 Joan Y. Edwards