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Hey Kids! Bulletin Article on November 17

HEY, KIDS! – Integrity is a quality of a person who is honest and lives life in a way that is very good. It is good to live with integrity because people will know to trust you and know you are a good person. If you say that you are going to do something and follow through on that promise, it shows that you were true in your word – you have integrity! Jesus had integrity. He was honest, truthful and reliable. He set the example for all of us to follow.

Paul talks about this in the second reading . He says that we should imitate Jesus, or be like Jesus, because Jesus was filled with love and integrity. Sometimes it is hard to live with integrity because it means that we need to follow rules all the time. However, living with integrity is important. If we are dishonest and sin all the time, it doesn’t prepare us properly for heaven. When we follow the 10 commandments, go to church and proudly say that we are followers of Jesus, we show people and Jesus that we have integrity.

Isn’t it sweet to see boys and girls trying to imitate the people they love? We like to imitate people that we find enjoyable, but we have to be sure that when we find someone to imitate that they are setting a good example for us to follow. So, let’s try our best this week to let our integrity show, so that other people will want to imitate us! Today’s readings also talk a bit about how the world will come to an end. Sometimes, it is hard to imagine such a thing – but one day it will happen. We need to be prepared for that time since we don’t really know when it will happen. We don’t know when our time will come or when we will be called into heaven either.

The first reading is a little scary, but its message should not be skipped. We need to prepare ourselves by remaining faithful to God. In the Gospel reading, Jesus is asked when the world will end. He doesn’t give an exact time or day, but His message is clear: remain faithful and live with integrity. It will be hard at times because people will not always agree with you. Jesus warns us of this. Jesus knew that once he returned to heaven, his disciples were going to be treated unfairly. However, he warned them to be faithful and live with integrity so that they would be reunited with Him in heaven. Many of his disciples thought that Jesus was going to return (again) right away and they waited in joyful hope for Him. We are still waiting for Him, in joyful hope. We believe that his disciples are reunited in heaven with Jesus. He promises that we will be rewarded when our world comes to an end and we will be in heaven filled with the Holy Spirit and with Him.

We must try our best to show people the integrity that we have in us. Do we make promises that we aren’t able to keep? Do we tell lies about other people in order to make them look bad? Everything we say must be true, honest and sincere – this is how we remain faithful and full of integrity.

Let’s pray: Jesus, I love you so much and want to be just like you. Help me to be filled with faith and integrity so that I can show others how wonderful it is to be a follower of Christ! Amen.

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