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Children Messages

21st Sunday of Year A

OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Who is Jesus?

As a family, discuss the many different names for Jesus, such as Redeemer, Prince of Peace, Good Shepherd, Friend, etc. Which name for Jesus do you like best? Why? Which name for Jesus do you like least? Why?

Create a collage that tells about Jesus. Cut pictures, words, or symbols out of magazines or newspapers and paste them on a paper plate. Display the collage in your home as a reminder of who Jesus is for your family.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

More Than A Friend

Suggested Objects: Some type of display board on which the “qualities of a friend” can be listed.

Matthew 16: 13-20 – What are the qualities you look for in a friend? Someone who is kind. Someone who seeks you out and is friendly. Someone who likes you and accepts you just the way you are. Someone who will help you when you need help. Can you think of other qualities a friend might have?

How do you know someone is your friend? Yes, you can tell someone is your friend by the things they do – they demonstrate love and friendship. Their actions prove that they are a real friend.

Jesus talked about this when he was with his disciples. He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” (16:15).


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Do You Know Me?

OBJECT SUGGESTED: Photos of people or story characters the children might recognize.

Matthew 16: 13-20 – How do you recognize someone? It seems like a simple question doesn’t it? You use your eyes and you see a face that is familiar. You recognize your mom, your dad, brothers, sisters, friends, grandparents, teachers, and many other people as well.

(Show series of photos.)

Sometimes you can recognize someone without first seeing them. You may smell a special perfume or a person you know may carry the scent of pine trees or cookies, giving you a clue as to who is nearby.

You may have a family member or friend who whistles or sings. Then you can use your ears to know that someone familiar is near. There are different ways of identifying who someone is.


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Changing Your Mind

Object suggested: None

Romans 11:1-2, 29-32 — Do you ever change your mind? I do. When I go to the ice cream shop I think I’m going to order a strawberry ice cream cone and then, as I look at all the choices, I change my mind and order chocolate chip mint.

When you get dressed for school you might decide to wear a red tee shirt and then change your mind and put on a blue one.

Your mom may plan to fix macaroni and cheese for dinner and then decide to cook spaghetti instead.

We change our minds all the time and that’s okay. A change of mind becomes a problem when someone promises something and then changes their mind and decides against it – that can be disappointing.

The Bible tells us that God does not change his mind about who he chooses to be a part of his family. The Bible says “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (11:29). Irrevocable is a big word that means not able to be changed. God calls everyone to be a part of his family and gives us the gift of his love. That will never change. It is a done deal. His love for us is irrevocable. We can count on it and know that God will not change his mind.


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Handouts for Children

21st Sunday of Year A




Gospel Based Word Search



A resource created for catechists, teachers, students and families

Read Alouds

21st 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.




Our name is an essential part of our identity. In The Name Jar the reader is introduced to a young girl who recently arrived in the United States from Korea. Her Korean name is Unhei (pronounced Yoon-hye), which means grace. She feels awkward about it it after experiencing some teasing on her bus ride to school. When asked her name in the classroom she says she hasn’t decided on an American name. Thus, the children in the classroom establish a Name Jar containing all kinds of suggested names. As the story progresses, Unhei comes to understand the importance of her name from conversations with her mother and grandmother. With the support of her friends and family Unhei chooses to keep her own name and uses the beautiful name stamp given to her by her grandmother.



Isaiah 22: 19-23

Our identity and integrity are contingent upon having congruency between who we say we are and how we conduct our lives. Eliakim is called to take the place of Shebna who has not been faithful in his duties. In this passage, we see what happens when individuals who do not live up to the expectations that God has given them regarding their role in life. We are all called to be people of integrity and that integrity is absolutely intertwined with our true identityThe question is placed before us, just like those we read about in the scriptures: Are we who we say we are?

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


Romans 11: 33-36

We encounter Saint Paul struggling with a bittersweet reality over these several weeks: while his own people have rejected Christ, pagans have embraced him. Saint Paul comes to the realization that his identity is very much tied to bringing the Gentiles to faith in Jesus Christ. Saint Paul understands that God is working in ways that he will never completely understand so he decides to trust in God’s providence for his life and ministry. Trusting in God becomes central in his life as well as in his identity.

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


Matthew 16: 13-20

In this passage from Saint Matthew’s gospel we see clearly that Jesus knows who he is and what his purpose is. When spurred on by Peter to avoid being who he has been called to be, he rebukes Peter for trying to derail him. Jesus is the most integrated individual who ever walked the earth. His humanity was one that lived fully and completely for the will of the Father. He knew this to be his call and there were many opportunities throughout his life where he was tempted to move in a direction that was not his call. Each and every time he remained faithful to his call and thus his integrity remained intact. We are each challenged to be, as was Jesus, truly who we say we are!

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


Who Is Jesus?

First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23

In King David’s court, two boys grew into men: Shebna and Eliakim. Both were friends at first. They fought side by side in the army. And they kept peace in the court as guards.

Soon, however, Shebna began to show his true self. All he cared about was himself. He built himself up. “See what I can do,” he seemed to say to get people’s attention. Shebna worked hard, but only to get promotions. Anytime he could, he would put others down.

At first, the strategy worked. Shebna became head of the court guards. He controlled who the King would see. But, he figured he could charge people money to allow them to see the king. So, he made money. Then, he got greedier. Precious items began to disappear under his guard.

Unlike Shebna, Eliakim was honest. He never stole, never charged people money to see their leaders. Eliakim was tough, but fair. Eliakim was a good soldier.

What do you think happened to Shebna and Eliakim?


Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19

People are sometimes like mirrors. They tell you what you need to know, not what you want to know. If you have a messy face, they will tell you. If you have a frown instead of a smile, they will tell you that. If you have a talent that you don’t notice, they will surprise you with that information.

Sally didn’t like looking in mirrors, because she didn’t think that much of herself. She didn’t think she was cute, when in fact, she was very cute. She didn’t think she was smart or talented, when she had a lot of talent. When people gave her a compliment, she would always say “Ah, it’s nothing.”

Without meeting her, people would think Sally was shy, but she wasn’t. In fact, she was friendly. She would much rather focus on the talents and looks in others than herself. She admired and looked up to other people, her parents, her family, friends, even strangers. She always complimented others on their looks, abilities, and friends. If you ever heard Sally speak, you would remember, “Wow! You were great at…” And she was sincere about it.

With a personality like hers, Sally was well liked. She knew lots of people, because she listened to others, complimented them, and made them feel good about themselves. Sally was like a mirror that reflected all the good things in others, and everyone liked to look at themselves in that mirror.


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


A Gift for Nana

“A Gift for Nana” by Lane Smith. 
Random House, New York, 2022, 40 pages, Grades K-3.

This delightful read-aloud should be shared by grandparents and their grandchildren. It is a sweet story and the illustrations draw readers into the book. Primary school children will especially enjoy the book. 

If you are looking for a delightful book to share with your grandchildren, this is the one. I enjoyed Rabbit’s quest to find the perfect gift for his Nana. Readers will particularly enjoy the comforting ending. I hope you like the book as much as I have. Enjoy!


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.)

Catechist Resources

21st Sunday of Year A