All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent
and equipped for every good work.

2 Tim 3:16-17

Following are ideas for art or craft projects to enhance enjoyment of the Readings.
Using their hands to work with the Scriptures in art projects
prepares children to "work" with the Scriptures in their hearts as they mature.
Displayed art keeps the Scripture in view and in mind.

Included, too, are additional comments and thoughts about the Readings.

Open Wednesday      Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C

1.  The First Reading mentions Angels called Seraphim.  You may also be familiar
with Cherubim and Archangels.  We say there are 9 choirs of angels: 3 choirs in each of 3 hierarchies.  The 9 choirs of angels are: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones; Dominations, Virtues, Powers; Principalities, Archangels, Angels.  Guardian Angels are from the rank of Angels.  See Ephesians 1:21 in the New American or Jerusalem Bible for the mention of 4 choirs; some translations will just mention the generic "angels."
This would be a good week to pray to Angels, especially our Guardian Angel.

2.  As the Seraphim sang their hymn of praise in the First Reading, "the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke."  Shaking and smoke are signs of God's Presence.  Compare this description with the scenes of Moses on Mt. Sinai  (Ex  19:18-19) and with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2).

3.  If you have tongs and charcoal, put them by the front door as a reminder that our
speech this week is to bring others closer to God.  Be an encourager.

4.  Your young artists will enjoy drawing God's Throne surrounded by Seraphim.
Write the "Holy, Holy, Holy" Mass Response on the paper.  For one student or for a class, I often type the prayer or Scripture verse near the margin of a paper.  That way I know the prayer is on the paper when the student takes work home.

5.  "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with all my heart" (Ps 138:1).
Look at the drawing on the picture page.  Young artists like to fill a shape with letters.  Type the Scripture verse on a sheet and draw the heart; let youth fashion the  letters.  For young children, draw the heart and letters for them color.  Tell them their picture is to be a reminder to thank God for an ability or a blessing, etc.

6.  In Biblical times, time was marked by the succession of rulers.  Thus, the First
Reading opens, "In the year King Uzziah died ".  That would be 740 BC.  During Uzziah's  reign, Judah enjoyed military prowess and material progress, and there was peace between Judah and Israel to the north.  Unfortunately, Uzziah was stricken with the dread disease, leprosy.   His burial stone has been found and here is a picture of it.  It reads in Aramaic, "Hither were brought the bones of Uzziah, king of Judah.  Do not open."  Picture from
Who's Who in the Bible, p 378.

7.  The Sea of Galilee is called the Lake
of Gennesaret in the Gospel.  In John's Gospel the Sea is also called the Sea of Tiberias (John 6:1, 21:1).  The "sea" is a large fresh water lake.   

Picture from The
Victor Handbook of Bible Knowledge, pp. 356

8.  In the Second Reading, when Paul refers to being "born abnormally," be sure your
students understand that Paul is referring to his conversion.  Students may want to read about Paul's conversion in their Bible storybooks or in Acts 9; Paul was called Saul prior to his conversion.  Also, Paul says he is "least of the Apostles."  Make sure students understand that Paul is not one of the original 12 Apostles.  Paul is called the "Apostle to the Gentiles."

9.  Peruse a map of Paul's three journeys.  Your Bible may have a map section in the back.  A Bible atlas is a "must" for the home library.

10.  Young actors will have fun acting out the Gospel.  Even one child can dramatize
the  Gospel by taking different roles, or by developing Jesus' side of the conversation to imply what the unseen others are saying.  Have fun!

11. Hans Urs von Balthasar focuses his reflection of the Readings on the sense of
unworthiness the called person feels; there is a sense of distance between self and what one is called to accomplish.   Isaiah said, "Woe is me, I am doomed."  Simon Peter said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man."  Paul refers to himself as one "abnormally born," referring to his dramatic conversion.  Paul notes, in the longer version of the Reading, that "not I, however, but the grace of God within me."
Von Balthasar's reflection, of course, holds for us in following our call. 
Light of the World, Ignatius Press, pp. 275-277)

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