The second Sunday of Lent has arrived. These 40 days are oftentimes thought of as a period of transformation for Catholics in the Church. The Lenten season, and subsequently Easter, could be one of confusion for small children, especially as they listen to Gospel readings. “The Transfiguration” is one of those spiritual moments not often understood by young ones. Hopefully the attached Lent 2014 coloring activity for children opens a dialogue between parent and child as kids address today's Gospel, Matthew 17: 1-9.
Jesus took Peter, James, and John, his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, ‘Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Rise, and do not be afraid.’
And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, ‘Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’
“The Transfiguration” represents to Catholics a transformation within the faith during the season of Lent, a phase not as simple as merely giving up chocolate. Lent is a spiritual journey with the aim of becoming closer to God, and faith is at the core, which Jesus asked of his disciples.
The Lenten coloring activity depicts “The Transfiguration” of Jesus in between Moses and Elijah, as Peter, James and John stare on in awe. Click the photograph to print and enjoy the Gospel passage with your child this Lent. Have a blessed Lenten Season and a joyous Easter.
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