In this week’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Take care to guard against greed, for though one may be
rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Most of us in this community are fortunate
enough to have all that we need and many of us have more than what we need. Jesus’s
message makes us realize that we are not what we own, and we shouldn’t be focusing on
what we have and comparing ourselves to our neighbors. It is important for us to relay the
message to our children that even though we are so fortunate to live in Mountainside and live
comfortable lives, we need to think about those who are less fortunate than ourselves and
what can we do for those in need.
A simple lesson is to have children go through their toys and clothes and pick out a few items
they don’t use or don’t wear anymore and begin filling a bag. Once the bag is full, bring your
child with you to the Catholic Charities bin in the church parking lot and have your child help
you put the bag down the chute of the bin. Explain to him or her how another child will be so
happy to have a new toy or a new pair of pajamas.
Teaching children of all ages about charity.