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James, and John (Mark 1:16–20). He asked a tax collector to follow him (Mark 2:13–15). He went to Zacchaeus’s house for dinner (Luke 19:1–10). He went to a wedding with his mother (John 2:1–12). His mother and cousins came to hear him preach (Mark 3:31–35). Women from Galilee were at the cross with him and buried him (Mark 15:40–41, 47). Mary Magdalene, another Mary, and Salome are three of their names. Jesus stayed with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany (John 12:1–3).Ask the groups to share one of the friendships they remembered. Conclude that Jesus was entirely human, just like them, although he was also God. Jesus needed people in his life. He liked having friends he could trust and ask for help. He told his friends about his Father and how much God loved them. He asked them to help spread that message.Conclude that Jesus turned to his friends for love and support. He turned to his Father in prayer. He took time in the desert before he started his teaching life. He went off in a boat several times to have some quiet time. He prayed to Godat the Last Supper and later in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus’ last prayer on the cross was, “Father, into your hands I commend my Spirit.”Live the GospelMy Prayer Profile: Ask the young people to think about this question: What do a concert cellist, a record-breaking sprinter, a master chef, and a cloistered nun have in common? Write the four descriptors on the board or on a sheet of newsprint to help young people recall what you said. After a bit, ask if anyone has an answer. All are experts at what they do.Ask the young people what each of these people needed in order to become an expert. In the discussion, help young people to recognizeOnline Early Start Lesson 3that becoming an expert involves desire, practice, and perseverance. Point out that the same holds true for the person who wants to be a great friend of God: he or she needs the desire to be close to God, the discipline to practice the art of prayer, and perseverance to keep praying when it’s not easy.Tell the young people that by committing themselves to a habit of prayer, they are saying that they want their friendship with Jesus to grow and flourish.Distribute the “My Prayer Profile” activity page. Invite the young people to read the opening message and directions on their own. As young people work, make yourself available in case anyone has a question.When everyone has had a chance to finish, orif time is running out, point out the box at the bottom of the page. Ask each young person to use the prayer profile he or she has created to describe what kind of prayer he or she is. Assure them that everyone has his or her own unique prayer profile. It is important for each person to use his or her prayer profile to grow in his or her relationship with God.Concluding Prayer Conclude by gathering with the young people in the prayer space. Light the candle, a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit, the helper and guide Jesus sent to us. Invite the young people to offer any prayers of petition or thanksgiving they wish to share. To each prayer, encourage everyone to respond: God hears our prayers.Close by praying the Sign of the Cross. Remind the young people to take home their prayer profiles and to look at them often as guidelines for building their friendship with Jesus.Early Start 3: We Pray Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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