In this 2nd grade lesson we study the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
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ADAM AND EVE
Do you remember the story of the Adam and Eve? Adam and Eve lived in a perfect place. In the Garden of Eden they always had enough to eat and their lives were easy and fun.
God said they could eat anything in the Garden except the fruit from one tree. But the devil came to Eve. He said, “Go ahead. Eat it. It’s good.” And so she did.
Then Eve tempted Adam to eat from that tree. Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do. They disobeyed God. This was the first sin. It is called Original Sin. Because Adam and Eve are our original parents, we are born with their sin.
Do you love to play outside? It is great to run in the rain. It is fun to get dirty. It’s fun to slosh around in puddles and make mud pies.
When you get dirty you must get a bath. Your mom would not ask you to sit at the dining room table if you were covered in mud. Would she let you jump into bed like that? No way!
When you’re covered in mud the only thing you can do is clean up. You wash off some of the mud outside, and then your mom sends you to the bathtub. Once you are clean you can you join the family at the dinner table or get into your bed.
Baptism is a lot like this. Baptism does two important things. First, it cleans Original Sin from your soul. It makes your soul bright, clean, and new.
Second, Baptism welcomes you into the Catholic Church as a very special child of God. So Baptism cleanses your soul from Original Sin AND makes you a Catholic.
If you didn’t get cleansed through Baptism, your soul would be dirty with Original Sin, just like if you had been covered in mud. You couldn’t become a Catholic with the stain of Original Sin on your soul. Baptism cleanses us from this sin. The Sacrament of Baptism is a wonderful gift. After someone has been baptized, God comes to that person’s soul. Baptism gives the person a new life. It brings the person back to God.
When you were Baptized your parents took you to a Catholic Church along with your Godparents. You were probably a tiny baby and don't even remember it. Your parents and godparents made special promises to raise you as a Catholic. They also promised that you would reject the devil and avoid sin. You were given a saint’s name, which will inspire you to imitate that saint.
Our Church learned about Baptism from Jesus. He was baptized as a grown man. He went to St. John the Baptist. St. John poured water of the Jordan River over Jesus.
St. John didn’t want to Baptize Jesu... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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