By Dot Connealy, Notre Dame Associate
from the gospel of John: "…Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God…"
Teaching young children in CCD has always been my pleasure and my treasure. I know that by listening carefully to them (esp. their questions) can help me delve deeper into my faith and beliefs.
Our lesson recently spoke of how Jesus is a man (while still being God). My little one said “How can Jesus be a man when he has “super powers?” (She is a big Star Wars fan.) When a child asks us a question like this, I believe, we must take them seriously and dig deep inside ourselves to answer them as sincerely as we can. I believe these times are "gifts" to us; they are an opportunity for us to exhibit our faith to them.
My answer was simplistic, but seemed to satisfy her. Jesus is God and man because he was born to be both. He was born in a manger and he lived and grew within a human family. He learned human ways, traditions and family ties. But, we also know that Jesus is the Son of God, too. He can heal, raise from the dead and share his Body and Blood with us in the Eucharist because he IS God’s son.
May we approach these difficult mysteries within our faith with a childlike trust and may we find our faith strengthened as we do.
A prayer: “Give me the heart of a child, my God; that I can see you more clearly and love you more dearly. Amen.”