This lesson starts with the Old Testament connection to the Temple, which contained a very holy place called the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God dwelt. When Christ came He changed everything and through the sacraments and especially the Eucharist He makes this place, our bodies, into living temples where He really and truly dwells right now.
The first activity focuses on this reality that your heart can be a tabernacle and that you should do all you can to make it a beautiful dwelling place for God. One of the things you can do is to focus better on what is happening in the Mass so you can enter in and really meet Jesus there. The Tabernacle of My Heart activity offers prayers for both before and after Communion (a time when it’s especially easy to get distracted by all the activity), and gives younger kids an image on which to focus and help minimize those distractions. We recommend you take a little time to let your kids decorate their Jesus pictures as beautifully as possible. (As much as I frown on glitter, I have to admit this may be a really good time to get it out and make your projects radiantly beautiful!)
The second project illustrates a concept so simple that it’s easy to miss just how profound it really is. Simply put – if I believe that Christ can live in me, it’s only logical that he can live in you as well. Obvious, right? The challenge is remembering that this applies to everyone including that annoying sibling, that mean kid at school, that terrible driver who cut you off on the freeway this morning, and even that person who wronged you so grievously that you wonder if you’ll ever be able to truly forgive him. Like I said, profound.
Most of us will spend our entire lives trying to recognize Christ in everyone around us and we hope to help your kids start that journey with the activity entitled Heartfinder Glasses.
Jesus, Your heart lives in all people I see
Teach me to love them as if they were Thee!
(And if you happen to get a photo of your little saints wearing their Heartfinder Glasses, send it on over. I’d love to post a few!)