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14th Sunday of Year A


OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Letting Go of Conflicts and Burdens

Jesus will help us serve as Peter did, but we need to be open to him. Have the members of your family draw or write about their conflicts and burdens. Instruct them to place these papers in an appropriate container for burning. Remind the family that this burning symbolizes our letting go of the conflicts and struggles by placing them in Jesus’ hands.

Prayer allows us to let go of our burdens. Have each family member think of one person in the community who has an extra burden of illness, financial trouble, and so forth, and pray for him or her for the week, asking Jesus to lessen his or her burdens.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

What’s Real?

Suggested Objects: Toy hammer and a real hammer

I’ve brought a couple things here today. (Hold up hammers so that they are easily visible to all.) Is there anything you notice that is the same about them? (Both are hammers, have handles, heads, etc.)

That’s right! We have a pair of hammers – and they look the same in a lot of ways. But there’s at least one way that these two hammers are very different. Do you know what I’m thinking of? If I needed to fix the roof here at the church – or drive a nail into a board – which one do you think I’d be better off choosing?

Of course! And that’s because one of these hammers is the real thing (it can really do the job we think it can) and one is just pretend. This one might look a lot like a hammer, but in truth it’s not really a hammer at all! If we tried pounding a real nail with this one it would probably break into pieces!

When Jesus was on Earth as a man he had a similar problem. He had to help people to understand that he was “the real thing.” And since he was real, sometimes that meant helping people to understand that what other people were telling them in their churches was sometimes pretend.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Working Together

OBJECT SUGGESTED: a picture of oxen yoked together

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by homework, chores, or problems? Perhaps the work is difficult and you don’t quite understand how to do it or the problem seems so big that you wonder what to do about it. Do you ask your mom or dad for help? Moms and dads are not there to solve all of your problems or do your work, but they can help you look at a problem in a different way and offer suggestions for finding a solution. Sometimes the things we are expected to do and the problems we encounter feel like a heavy load – a burden, and we need help.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer



Object suggested: a picture of tandem skydivers

Have you ever seen someone who is attached to a parachute float down to the ground? That sort of happening catches our attention, partly because it seems peaceful, but also exciting.

Although many people use parachutes to assist them with their work, such as firefighters who sometimes need parachutes when they fight forest fires, other people like to parachute just for fun. It is an exciting, yet dangerous sport called skydiving.

Can you imagine what it must feel like to jump out of an airplane for the first time, eventually open the parachute and then drift to the ground?


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

14th Sunday of Year A


Gospel Based Word Search




14th Sunday of Year A



Santa Clara University

Sunday Index for children ages 5-13

Using each lesson plan, directors of religious education, school teachers, and parents can:

  • Use the recommended key discussion points when reading weekly messages with your children.
  • Read aloud a classic picture storybook linked to the moral virtue in the weekly readings.
  • Manage creative activities including arts and crafts, games, and gardening projects.
  • End with a reflection activity using a case study and a prayer.




In Circles of Hope, the author tells the story of a family’s great excitement as they welcome a new baby into the world. Everyone has a gift for the new baby, Lucia, except her brother, Facile. With their father away in the big city there is no one to plant a tree for the newly born Lucia. Traditionally a fruit tree is planted when a child is born into the mountainous villages of Haiti, and the tree grows up to be a guardian of the child. With no one to plant Lucia’s tree, Facile realizes the planting will be his responsibility. Facile plants a mango seed in the ground and waters and nurtures it and waits for it to sprout, only to find that the sprout was eaten by a goat. As the story progresses, he makes two more attempts to plant a tree for his sister and each time the seed and his hope for a gift for his sister are lost. Ultimately Facile is determined that there will be a tree for his sister and with unquenched hope he pursues in bring about a the growth of a tree. It is hope that spurs him on even after several failures.



Zechariah 9: 9-10

The prophet Zechariah is a prophet of hopeIn this particular section of the Book of the prophet Zechariah, we encounter a time when the nation of Israel is coming to the end of its exile. Hopes are high that the kingdom will be restored to the greatness it had achieved under the the reign of King David. There is hope for peace which is symbolized by the prophecy that the king to come will be riding, not a horse, which is symbolic of a king at war, but on the foal of an ass representing one coming in peace.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Copyright © 2023


Romans 8:9, 11 – 13

Saint Paul is masterful at drawing contrasts, and in this instance he describes the dichotomy between flesh and spirit. In Saint Paul’s worldview, flesh and spirit don’t distinguish the physical body from the soul. Instead, flesh refers to the human person in their entirety–body and soul, but in an unredeemed state. He states emphatically that we have hope in the belief that as we are able to live freely because of access to the grace and salvation won for us by Christ. The entire chapter actually views all from the perspective of the present with hope for the future.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Copyright © 2023


Matthew 11: 25-30

Jesus, concerned about those who do not believe, praises God for giving the childlike what is beyond the grasp of the so-called wise of the world. In the context of this passage, Jesus’ words refer to the oppressive and legalistic system imposed upon the people by the scribes and the Pharisees. Jesus wishes to release the people of these oppressions and offer them hopeIt must be understood that when Jesus speaks of his yoke he does not offer license in place of the Law, but rather, he offers obedience to his teaching and to the deeper law of love. His burden is easy and his yoke is light precisely because they lead to truth and love and are infinitely lighter than those we impose on ourselves when we turn away from love and enter into sin. The Lord extends hope to us in all instances.


Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Copyright © 2023


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


Making it Easy

Tammy had lots of homework. She worked hard in school and got good grades. But this new, year-round schedule was terrible. She was in school while her friends enjoyed the summer vacation. “Try to do homework at night when the sun is still out,” Tammy thought. “It’s impossible!”

One evening, Tammy’s mom overheard her sigh. “What’s wrong?” her mom asked.

“Oh, Mom,” Tammy replied, “I just don’t like to go to school in the summer. The sun is still out. And my friends who are on vacation call me up to play. All I can say is ‘No.’ It’s not fair!”

“Tammy,” her mom said. “I know you work hard. And it’s harder for you now it’s summer. May be your father and I can help you?”

“Can you really?” Tammy said, as her spirits picked up. Tammy and her mom began to figure out ways to help Tammy study. Her mom and dad would quiz her for her test on Friday. Her mom made sure the computer was available in the afternoon. And the television stayed off until Tammy got her homework done.

Tammy surprised herself when she finished her homework at 5:30. “I’ll eat dinner, do my dishes, then I can go out and play until 8:30! This will be great!” Tammy thought.

When Tammy needed help, she asked for it. And her parents helped her easy her load. She learned a valuable lesson. Don’t try to do something hard by yourself. Get help.

Jesus offers us help with our fight to be good. When we follow him, learn from him, he helps us with his love. He helps us to do the right thing. And when we are close to him, his love becomes stronger. The stronger the love we have, the easier it will be for us to do good things.

Ask your parents or your teacher for help even with small things. Thank Jesus for their help and his love.


SOURCE: – All materials found in are the property of Larry Broding (Copyright 1999-2022). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.

Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope

“Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope” by Father Andrew Apostoli, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2010, 288 pages. Grades 10 and up.

While some people want to place Fatima and its prophecies into the realm of the past, Father Apostoli shows the importance of Fatima for contemporary society. Our age is in far worse moral shape than any other period in history. The Blessed Virgin continues to call to us through the spiritual practices she stressed at Fatima: First, turn to God, go to confession and ask for forgiveness. Second, receive Holy Communion. Third, say the Rosary and finally, perform the Five First Saturday Devotions. The Five First Saturday Devotions entail: 1) going to confession on the First Saturday of the month for five consecutive months, or within a week before or after, 2) receiving Holy Communion, 3) reciting five decades of the Rosary, 4) meditating on mysteries of the Rosary with Our Lady for 15 minutes. Our Blessed Mother states that the Five First Saturday Devotions will make reparations for sins and that she will assist those practicing the devotion at the hour of their death.

I encourage you to read this important book. Fatima is not just some pleasant memory from the past. The events were real and Our Lady continues to call to us today. May we pay attention!


SOURCE: Southern Nebraska Register, Catholic Diocese of Lincoln (The image and link to the video embedded above are not part of Terrence Nollen’s review.)

14th Sunday of Year A