In this week's lesson, students learn about the fourth blessing and promise of the Beatitudes. They explore the metaphor of "hunger and thirst" for righteousness, and they learn the definition of righteousness as it relates to justice. They imagine a world where all people have what they need and are treated fairly.
Parents may talk with children about an area of justice that is important to your family, such as food inequality, racial discrimination, global warming, access to healthcare, educational inequality, or children in poverty. As a family, pray regularly for the people dealing with these issues. For parents of older children, you may want to learn about organizations in our area serving those in need.
Children's book recommendations to accompany this lesson are Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando, written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz; and Maddi's Fridge, written by Lois Brandt and illustrated by Vin Vogel. A link to a read aloud, A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara, is provided in the curriculum appendix.
This is the final lesson of the first curriculum packet for the Beatitudes. The second packet was distributed at the St. Michael's Sunday celebration. If you need to pick up a packet, please email Mary Beth Tipton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Packets also will be available at the Sunday Outdoor Children's Eucharist.