December 22nd

Story

After they see the baby, the shepherds excitedly go and tell the good news to everyone they see!

Activity

Call or FaceTime a family member and sing them a Christmas carol.

Adult

When Jesus is asked about the most important command in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, he answers by quoting from the ancient prayer known as the Shema, “love the Lord your God with all of your heart.” But that’s not all. Jesus quickly follows up by saying that another command from the Hebrew Bible is also the most important, “love your neighbor as yourself.” So which is most important? For Jesus, both are vital because the first command cannot be obeyed without heeding the second. They are inseparable. A person’s love for God is expressed by their love for others.

Read

Mark 12:29-31, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18

Mark 12:29-31

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”


Deuteronomy 6:5

5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.


Leviticus 19:18

18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Reflect

  • Pay attention to what Jesus says after quoting from the Hebrew Bible. What questions, thoughts, or feelings come up for you as you reflect on his words?
  • Review the passages from Deuteronomy and Leviticus. What do you observe? How does this impact you today?
  • Turn your reflections into a prayer to God from your heart.