Beloved Christians, one of the greatest gifts given to us from our heavenly Father is the power of forgiveness. As we prepare to embark on our journey through Great Lent, share this Gospel reading with your children. We have included a series of questions to help you and your children more fully explore and appreciate the importance of forgiveness.
From the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 14-21
The Lord said, “If you forgive men their trespasses or debts, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
“And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who see in secret will reward you openly.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
- What do we say about trespasses or debts when we pray the Our Father?
- What does it mean to forgive someone?
- What do you have to do in order to do that? How do you have to change?
- How is forgiving others doing God’s will “on earth as it is in heaven”?
- What does this Gospel say will happen if we forgive others?
- How is this God doing his will “on earth as it is in heaven?”
- Do you think doing God’s will is difficult or easy? Why?