READ: As Jesus traveled around Galilee with his friends teaching about the kingdom of God, many people followed him. One day after spending the night on a mountain in prayer, he came back down the mountain and began to preach. He shared what many people say is the greatest sermon ever preached. Jesus began by telling them that God’s kingdom was going to be filled with all kinds of people blessed by God. He gave some examples of people blessed by God, and people were surprised. We tend to think of people being blessed when things are going well, when they have what they need, when they have plenty of good things. Jesus turned that idea upside down to show us a better way of living together.
We call this part of the sermon, the Beatitudes. Jesus said, "Blessed, or happy, are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Blessed are the hungry, they will have what they need. Just like the birds of the air find the food they need. Happy are those who weep, for soon they will laugh with joy." (Luke 6:20-31)
WONDER: I wonder what it would be like to hear Jesus teaching?
I wonder what it’s like to be blessed by God?
I wonder what is the hardest part of following Jesus?
I wonder what is the best part of following Jesus?
I wonder what the most important part of this story is?
PRAY: Loving God, thank you for giving us Jesus, who shows us how to live with love and joy. Amen.
READ: Jesus traveled around Galilee with his friends sharing the good news of God’s realm and many others began to follow him. One day he came to a great field and there he began to give what would become his most famous sermon. It was such an important sermon we find it in both Luke and Matthew’s gospels. Jesus told him that in God’s realm there were many people who would be blessed. And the blessed people were not whom we might expect, because Jesus said in God’s realm things often get turned upside down. He said:
“Blessed are the poor.” - those without money or without hope.
“Blessed are the hungry” - those who have no food or who long for a better life.
“Blessed are those who mourn” - those who are sad or alone.
The people listened to his sermon with hope, perhaps the world was changing. Perhaps God’s love could make the world a better place.
(from Luke 6:20-23)
WONDER: I wonder what it feels like to be blessed by God?
I wonder who are the poor where we live?
I wonder who is sad?
I wonder who is hungry?
I wonder what part of this story you like the best?
I wonder where you are in this story?
I wonder what it feels like to bless others?
SAY: Jesus spoke of many others who are blessed in God’s realm. People who work for peace and those who show kindness. God welcomes everyone to join in living in a way of blessing and hope.
PRAY: Let’s pray. Dear God, thank you for your realm. You show us what it means to be blessed and how we can be a blessing to others each day. Help us to be a blessing in our world. Amen.
Weekly Faith Conversations
Use these guides as conversation starters with your family. A short retelling of the scripture passage is offered, or you may want to look the story up in your own bible or in a children's bible. The wondering questions are written to open up faith exploration with children and adults.