In this 2nd Grade lesson, we study the Corporal and the Spiritual Works of Mercy.
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The reading about “Doubting Thomas” reminds us that we are to help other people know Jesus. Jesus says "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Jesus is talking about you and me. We believe in Him even though we haven't actually touched His wounds or probed His side. Jesus could have easily gotten mad at Thomas for refusing to believe. But He didn't. Instead, Jesus offers His wounds to Thomas as proof of His resurrection.
Even though Jesus doesn't appear to us in the same way that He did with His disciples, He still comes to us in the Holy Eucharist. The most loving and merciful thing that God has ever done was to become like us. He became a human being to live, die, and rise for us.
God wants us to show mercy to others like Jesus did. Remember that Jesus fed the hungry. He cared for the sick. He taught the people. He corrected them when they were wrong. This is mercy. This is love.
We can show mercy to others by performing the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy.
The Corporal Works of Mercy teach us to care for the bodily needs of our friends:
To feed the hungry.
To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To visit the imprisoned.
To shelter the homeless.
To visit the sick.
To bury the dead.
You may ask, “When do I see people who need food, water, clothes of houses? I’m just a kid and I don’t see these things. But, in fact, you do see these things every day, it all depends on how you see others and their needs. Many people in our communities are hungry, and we can help by donating food to the Food Bank. Many people can’t afford clothes, and we can help by donating clothes to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores. Many people are homeless and we can help them by making contributions to homeless shelters.
It doesn’t even have to be that complicated. Look within your own family and see what you can do to perform Corporal Works of Mercy for your mom, dad or siblings. Maybe your dad is tired from work? You can show mercy by making him a snack or getting him a drink. Doing this with great love makes all the difference! Maybe your sibling has grown and doesn’t have a sweatshirt that fits? You could give one of yours to keep your brother or sister warm. Even things like helping to fold laundry, cleaning up the house, taking care of small chores, are all contributions to your household and are all works of mercy. If we want to visit the sick, we can volunteer at nursing homes or hospitals.
We can pray for people who have died. We can have a Mass said for a deceased relative or friend. Whenever we do these kind things we are perfo... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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