Judging Others & A Tree Known by Its Fruit

February 27, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

SIR 27:4-7 PS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 1 COR 15:54-58

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LK 6:39-45

Jesus told his disciples a parable, "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye, 'when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye.

"A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks."


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St. Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayés (Feast Day March 23)

June 29, 1832-March 23, 1914

Rafqa was born in Lebanon in 1832 and was raised in the Catholic faith. Sadly, her mother died when Rafqa was 7 years old. When Rafqa was 11, her father experienced financial hardship, and sent her away to work as a household servant. When Rafqa returned home, her father had remarried, and her stepmother wanted to arrange for her to be married. Rafqa refused, as she had come to realize that she was being called to religious life.

Rafqa joined the Mariamette religious order, where she worked in the kitchen at the seminary, and spent her free time teaching the village children about Jesus. Her superior noticed how well Rafqa got along with the children and asked if she would like to work as a teacher. She worked as a teacher for 7 years, when the Mariamettes announced they would be combined with another order. Rafqa prayed about what she should do, and was led to join the Lebanese Maronite Order, a community devoted to prayer, silence, and sacrifice.

Rafqa eventually developed health problems that left her blind and paralyzed, but she felt these disabilities allowed her to share in the sufferings of Jesus. She endured her condition for years with joy and serenity before she died in 1914. Rafqa was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2001.


Take time to chat

•In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues to teach his disciples how to behave. Share one way you have lived as a disciple of Jesus this week.

•What does today’s Gospel teach us about criticizing others?

•Jesus also talks a lot about fruit in today’s Gospel. Jesus teaches us that a person with a loving heart produces good things, but a person with an evil heart produces bad things. What kind of fruit do you want to produce?

•St. Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayés did many different tasks in the Mariametteorder. What do you think a member of a religious order does each day?


Recipe of the week

Grape Caterpillars

Jesus talks about grapes in today’s Gospel! Enjoy this fun and easy recipe today!

Green grapes

1 Tbsp cream cheese, softened

Miniature semisweet chocolate chips


Pick out the 5 nicest looking grapes. Thread 3 to 4 grapes, lengthwise onto a skewer. These are the body of the caterpillar. Next, make the head. Hold the grape horizontally. Place 2 small dollops of cream cheese for the eyes and stick in mini chocolate chips for the pupils. Thread the grape horizontally to place the head on the caterpillar. Repeat with the other grapes and skewers.



Family Fun

Blindfold Taste Test

In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses a metaphor of blindness to admonish the Jewish leaders for leading people astray. St. Rafqa lost her sight toward the end of her life due to illness. This activity will help you appreciate the gift of sight as well as some of your other senses!

Place food items into paper cups. You can either have several cups for each person or have them share cups. Don’t let the players see you preparing the cups or see what is inside. Blindfold each player, and have each player try the foods in the same order, one-at-a-time. After they try each food, they must guess what it is. You can either continue passing the food around until someone guesses or have the players guess as individuals, making the person who guesses the most correctly be the winner.

Young kids should have safe foods like jello, banana, chocolate, raisins, apples, or ice cream. If the kids are slightly older, you may consider incorporating less palatable foods. These foods will give the players quite a shock and lead to some very funny moments!


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Family Prayer

Prayer for those in Religious Life

Inspired by St. Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayes, pray today for those in religious life and for those who may be called to join a religious order.

Heavenly Father, in Your wisdom You have called certain women and men to a life of special consecration. In prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they are witnesses to us and show us that, as St. Paul says, “our true citizenship is in heaven.” Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance as they live their holy vocation.

Surround those feeling called to join a religious order with your peace. Guide their steps and connect them with the order that best uses their charisms and gifts. Help them find a community through which they can serve You and the world.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

What color is the vestment the priest is wearing today? This color represents the liturgical season we are in, Ordinary Time. This is the last weekend of Ordinary Time for a while.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd. Spend time discussing and planning what you will do or give up individually and/or collectively for Lent this year. Commit to helping each other with these plans throughout the Lenten season.

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Fun Facts!

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The day before Ash Wednesday is known as Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday” in French. Traditionally, Mardi Gras is a day to indulge in all the sweets and other foods you are giving up for Lent. In the past this used to include all fats and sugars, hence the name “Fat Tuesday”.

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