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 your 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 the Holy Day’s Gospel
March 21, Fifth Sunday of Lent: John 12:20-33
Feel free to use your family bible or children’s bible. Be creative. Read it in parts. Act out the story.
- Jesus tells us that a grain of wheat has to die to produce fruit. What do you think he is telling us through that image?
- What are the things you need to give up to be a fruitful part of God’s kingdom?
- How do you think you would feel to be Jesus, knowing that you will have to die to save people?
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.
For further reflection during Lent:
Fifth Sunday of Lent Reflection (9:30)
Presented as a collaborative effort facilitated by Catholic Education Ministries with special thanks to:
- Presenter Fr. Efrain Rosado, OSB, Saint John’s Abbey and Emmaus Institute.
- Students and Teachers from the Spanish Classes at Cathedral High School for reading in both Spanish and English.
- Unless it Dies Reflection Clip, Photographs by Barbara Sutton, improvisations created and performed by David Fremo.