TGSSS Week 2 – Part 2 – The Great Soriano Summer Sweeps – Holy Week Edition

25 April 2019

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Moving on to the Question and Answer Portion for the TGSSS Week 2. When I enrolled my kids in a Catholic school, I assumed they would have classes and discussions related to the Bible, so they would have knowledge of both Old and New Testament characters and stories. Apparently, I was wrong. Back in my […]

Moving on to the Question and Answer Portion for the TGSSS Week 2.

When I enrolled my kids in a Catholic school, I assumed they would have classes and discussions related to the Bible, so they would have knowledge of both Old and New Testament characters and stories. Apparently, I was wrong. Back in my time, there were “The Flying House” and “Super Book” on TV which made the Bible stories relatable to us kids back then. Today’s YouTube fare don’t seem to have anything similar.

There are books they can read, and Kristine has a Bible stories book which she studied for that week. I was also trying to find kid-friendly movies and TV series we can watch together—I mean, Passion of the Christ will be a little too much for them at this point. So, I’ll put this on my To Do List.

On with the questions…

Question #1: Who are the (mortal) parents of Jesus Christ?

Kristine got the correct answer. Lucas looked at me like I was crazy when I told him it wasn’t God, because I meant the mortal father of Jesus Christ.  I directed him to ask his Daddy.

Daddy’s first answer: Peter!

We all looked at each other and laughed. Then he directed Lucas to the correct answer, Joseph, the carpenter. Lucas couldn’t understand what a carpenter was, so I told him to research (Google), so it became Joseph, the Builder.

We talked about Christ’s birth for a while. I asked them where he was born, and they researched and got Bethlehem and the manger in a stable. Then we talked about why Mary gave birth to him in a stable.

 

Question #2: Who told Mary she was going to have a child?

Kristine and Lucas used Google to research this one. They found the answer. the Angel Gabriel, easily.

 

Question #3: Who is Jesus Christ’s cousin?

This one was a bit difficult for them to get. But with Google again, they were able to get the correct answer, John the Baptist. I told them about Mary and Elizabeth meeting and the children in their wombs moving and seemingly acknowledging each other. We talked about John baptizing Jesus.

 

Question #4: Name three miracles that Jesus performed.

Kristine got to answer first (she came prepared) and she mentioned the healing of the sick and the power over nature.  Lucas was left researching and afterwards, we talked about turning water into wine, and the feeding of the thousands with the three loaves of bread and two pieces of fish. Then I asked them who Jesus raised from the dead, and we talked a bit about Lazarus.

 

Question #5: Who were the twelve apostles of Jesus?

Google was their friend, so they were able to enumerate all the apostles.

 

Question #6:  Who denied Jesus?

They were able to answer Peter, and we talked about how and why Peter denied Jesus and how the rooster crowed thrice afterwards.

 

Question #7: Who betrayed Jesus?

Kristine knew the answer and we let Lucas research this on his own. He was having issues. So, I gave him a clue. I told him Lady Gaga wrote a song about this person, and the name rhymed with “Lucas.”

Okay, so he got Judas, and we talked about the betrayal for a bit, as much as you can talk about it with a seven-year-old kid.

 

Question #8: Who sentenced Jesus to death?

Google provided the answer: Pontius Pilate.

 

Question #9: How many times did Jesus stumble or fall down when he was carrying the cross?

They were able to answer correctly. Three times.

 

Question #10: Where was Jesus crucified?

They were able to research this. Mount Calvary or Golgotha.

 

Question #11: When did Jesus die?

They looked like me like I was asking them something weird. Then Lucas asked, “the actual date?”  I had to say I was just looking for the day. Hello, Good Friday?  And finally, they got it.

 

Question #12: When did Jesus rise from the dead?

At first, they didn’t get it. Then when they did, we discussed Easter Sunday.

 

Question #13: Which apostle did not believe that Jesus has risen from the dead?

We talked about Doubting Thomas.

 

So, it was a productive couple of minutes of Q&A, some research, some story telling. It was just the first step. As mentioned earlier, I will need to find more ways to get them more familiar with the stories, and then of course, the meaning of the stories. For now, I just want to arm them with the knowledge. How they use the knowledge will be completely up to them.

See also Part 1 for the artworks of the kids.