Cana 90 – Easter Friday
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.
~ John 21:7b
Simon Peter is a lot of things, reserved is not one of them. Although I am not sure we each need to jump overboard and swim to shore in the excitement of spending some time with Jesus I do think we can learn from Peter’s example. Jesus is worth spending time with and getting excited about.
How can you and your family carve out some time to spend with Jesus this Easter Season? Sit down with your family this weekend, get excited and make a plan. Don’t wait for the “perfect” time, just jump in and spend some time as a family with our Lord.
Family Jesus Time Ideas:
- Visit a local Adoration chapel once a week as a family. Don’t feel obliged to spend an entire hour there. Just a short visit could be a great start, especially if this is something new for you or your family.
Pro Tip: If you have little ones, set realistic expectations for yourself. Maybe 5 minutes is all they can muster, even with coloring books. That’s OK! 5 Minutes in the presence of Jesus is way better than none.
- This coming Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. If you are able, find a local parish having a Divine Mercy Celebration and Prayer and join them. This is a beautiful devotion and the formal prayer when recited is shorter than the Rosary and very young child-friendly because of that.
- Create a brief family prayer and reflection to do before or after Mass. Example, kneel down after the closing song and take a few seconds of quiet. Then pray a formal prayer of your choosing and ask Jesus to help you through the coming week.
- Create a space to do family prayer at home. Were you able to do this during Holy Week? If not, why not try it now. If you did, why not keep it going? Giving ourselves a sacred space to connect with the Lord can help encourage prayer time.
- Look to set a specific family prayer time. Some people prefer formal prayers like the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet. Doing morning or evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours can be great if you have older children who can read. Some folks like to sing songs so bust out that guitar, keyboard or Spotify playlist. Pro Tip: Again, look to have realistic expectations for Children. Giving smaller children something to do with their hands can really help facilitate this experience for the older ones and yourself.