Our 2010 Epiphany Challenge

Many thanks to Father Jon’s prayerful discernment regarding our parish’s Epiphany Challenge.  Adults are encouraged to prayerfully read through the book of Matthew, the Psalms, or to read Secrets of the Interior Life by Archbishop Luis Martinez.  (Or read all three – c’mon people, you have an entire year!)

I’m not sure how appropriate the book option would be, but you can renew your W.O.G. reading efforts by encouraging your kids to participate in the Scripture options.

Matthew’s Gospel is written to a Jewish audience and focuses on the idea that the promised Messiah has come.  Emmanuel, God is with us! Your kids will likely be familiar with many of the stories through their years of Mass attendance.

If your kids are older, you may want them to just read through all 150 Psalms.  If they’re younger, consider that the Psalms encompass a pretty full range of human situations and you may want to filter through some of that.  Among many others, these Psalms may be especially appropriate for kids:

  • Psalm 1 (Happy the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night.)
  • Psalm 3 (You, O Lord, are my shield; my glory, you lift up my head!  When I call out to the Lord, he answers me from his holy mountain.)
  • Psalm 4 (As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep, for you alone, O Lord, bring security to my dwelling.)
  • Psalm 8 (O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth!)
  • Psalm 15 (O Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain? He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart…)
  • Psalm 19 (The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament declares his handiwork.)
  • Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.)
  • Psalm 27 (The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is my life’s salvation; of whom should I be afraid?)
  • Psalm 34 (I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.)
  • Psalm 51 (A clean heart create for me, O God and a steadfast spirit renew within me.)
  • Psalm 62 (Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope.)
  • Psalm 95 (Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.  For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.)
  • Psalm 103 (As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us.)
  • Psalm 121 (The Lord will guard your coming and your going both now and forever.)
  • Psalm 139 (Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.)
  • Psalm 148 (Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights; praise him, all you his angels, praise him, all you his hosts.  Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.)

You may or may not want to avoid the Lament over Widespread Corruption (Psalm 53), the Psalm Against Bloodthirsty Enemies (59), or the Nuptial Ode for the Messianic King (45). 🙂

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