In the daily activities of family life, we can easily find excuses for not attending to our spiritual lives. If not given top priority, prayer and reading Scripture risk becoming occasional activities rather than daily practices. In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that if we fail to give our spiritual life priority, we will find ourselves unprepared to receive Jesus. Daily prayer and spiritual practice keeps us ready to receive Jesus.
Gather together as a family and talk about some of the things our faith calls us to do every day and every week to keep God first in our lives. Talk about what might happen if we don’t do these things regularly. Explain to your family that Jesus taught us that it is important to keep ourselves ready to receive him when he comes again. Tell them to listen as you read the parable that Jesus tells in today’s Gospel. Read aloud Matthew 25:1-13. Talk with your family about why Jesus says that it is so important to remain ready to receive the Kingdom of Heaven. Pray together that your family will always keep God first in your lives so that you will all be prepared to receive Jesus when he comes. Pray together the Act of Hope.
Recipe of the Week – Scottish Shortbread
This easy recipe is a great way to honor St. Margaret of Scotland!
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, not sifted
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until completely combined and dough forms. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about ¼-inch thickness or slightly thicker. Use cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, or a pizza slicer to cut out shapes. Place shapes on prepared baking sheets. Pierce with a fork. Bake 20 minutes or until just lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Partners in Faith,
Please pray for our Faith Formation program and especially our students in the First Communion
and Confirmation classes.
- Wed., November 15 – Faith Formation Class 5:30-7pm
- Sat., November 18 – Confirmation Parent/Candidate Retreat 2pm with Rite of Enrollment Mass at 5pm
- Wed., November 22 – NO Class