w/c 20th February
Our reading this week is Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus Is Seen With Moses and Elijah
17 Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. 2 While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed. His face became bright like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 Then two men were there, talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah.
4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you want, I will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5 While Peter was talking, a bright cloud came over them. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, the one I love. I am very pleased with him. Obey him!”
6 The followers with Jesus heard this voice. They were very afraid, so they fell to the ground. 7 But Jesus came to them and touched them. He said, “Stand up. Don’t be afraid.” 8 The followers looked up, and they saw that Jesus was now alone.
9 As Jesus and the followers were coming down the mountain, he gave them this command: “Don’t tell anyone about what you saw on the mountain. Wait until the Son of Man has been raised from death. Then you can tell people about what you saw.”
Prayer for the week:
Help us to be the best we can be,
To be wise in the worst of times,
To endure during the struggle,
Song of the week:
We listened to Mars, The Bringer of War from The Planets Suite by Holst. First we tried to guess what the music was about before we knew the title. Once we knew the title we listened to it again.
We talked about how it didn't matter if that wasn't what we thought of to begin with - some things are open to interpretation.
We thought about how we use the five senses to interpret the world around us but for people born without one, for example people who are blind, will interpret the world differently.
We thought about how a cardboard box can be interpreted as many different things when played with by a child!
We watched a video showing the transfiguration of Jesus.
The Transfiguration by Saddleback Kids
After watching the video we thought about the following questions:
- What happened?
- Who saw what?
- Does what was ‘seen’ depend on the already established beliefs of those who were present?
- Would any of us who had been there have seen the same thing?
It is tempting to refuse to believe in a world of the Divine, or God, or the supernatural because we can’t physically detect it. However, we must be careful not to refuse to believe something simply because the majority do not believe that it is true. The majority could be wrong!
We all need to keep an open mind and allow our imaginations to create a world for us beyond the obvious. Ask yourselves this question: ‘Do our senses adequately explain all that we experience in the world?’ If not, maybe God really does have an important place.
We have also thought about Ash Wednesday this week.
Questions to think about at home:
Have you ever had a moment where you were aware of God’s holiness and splendour? What happened?
Have you ever felt changed for good by an experience, person or words you have read or heard? What happened?
Do you know anyone who appears to reflect God in their life? Tell me more!