Mealtime Table Talk for Families
Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. –Acts of the Apostles 2:46-47a
Bring your bible and this print and fold-able ‘table tent’ (or electronic device) to your dinner table with your family to discuss Sunday’s Gospel and how you can be the Body of Christ in the world.
Prayer before meals
Bless us, O Lord,
and these thy gifts which
we are about to receive from thy bounty,
through Christ, Our Lord.
Eat the meal together. Have each family member respond to the following questions:
Where have I given kindness this week?
Where have I received kindness this week?
Together Read and Reflect on Sunday’s Gospel
September 13, 2020, 24thSunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 18:21-35
Feel free to use your family bible or children’s bible. Be creative. Read it in parts. Act out the story.
- Is it easy to forgive someone who has hurt you? When have you forgiven someone?
- What do you think Jesus means when he says we have to forgive “seventy-seven times?”
- How do you forgive “from your heart?” Is it just with words or are there other actions you have to take? What are they?
Family Action Step
Go out into the world to be the Body of Christ. Choose an action for your family this week that brings Christ to others. Maybe it is an action inspired by your Gospel reflection.
Prayer after Meals
We give you thanks
for all your gifts,
living and reigning
now and for ever.