Happy Easter! Christ is risen! The Church now celebrates this reality for 50 days! There is something significant about that! So lead your families with the joy of Easter these upcoming weeks and beyond. The reality is that God loves each and every one of us and the evil has not power over us.
For this week I want to encourage you all at home to focus on joy! Do everything with joy, from the mundane to the work you do. That joy should be seen by your children and then you can encourage them to do the same.
The Gospel this week is the story of doubting Thomas, a beautiful account of how Thomas recognizes Jesus by the invitation of putting his hands in his wounds. And Thomas responds, “My Lord and My God.” Here is a fun little video to show your kids this account: Doubting Thomas
To have fun with this you can have some treats for your kids that have a “hole” in them. Such as mini donuts or peach rings.
A beautiful piece of art by Caravaggio depicts this scene in a realistic way. Take some time to look at this picture and talk with your children about who they see and what they see. Caravaggio
As I mentioned last week, this week is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Here is a short video connecting this Feast Day to the readings. Note that this video was for last year (Year A) and the first two readings are different. The Gospel is the same and the message at the end is too! Divine Mercy Readings
Here is some more information on Divine Mercy, including a craft: Divine Mercy Craft
Take 10 minutes at the end of your time today to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Directions on how to do so can be found here: How to pray the Chaplet