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VIS 37-6.indd 16/12/17 6:01 PMIn this Sunday’s readings, Jesus tells his disciples that love is not so much an emotion, but an action. Look up the eight love verses. Choose one and write what you learn about love in action.John 3:16 Mark 12:31 1 John 3:18Romans 12:19-211 Corinthians 8:1 Colossians 3:12–14Romans 5:8 Leviticus 19:18How do you put love into action?Commit to one loving action you will do this week.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 29, 201730th Sunday in Ordinary TimeTG1-26Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will:l Search for biblical examples of putting love into action. l Discover a real-life example of loving one’s neighbor asoneself.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13).Gathering Prayer Gather in the prayer space. Leader: God of love, you show your care for us every day. Let us recognize God’s love all around us in creation. Today, I have felt your love when___. (Invite volunteers to share their additions.) Help us show love and care toward one another during this class. Amen.Cover Activity l How do you put love into action? (page 1) Distribute Visions. Introduce the concept of love—not as an emotion, but as an action—by looking at the photos and reading the instructions at bottom left. Working in pairs or independently, have the young people look up all eight Bible citations. Then have each one select a passage on their own and write what they learn about putting love into action. Askfor volunteers to share one way they have shown love or care to someone this week.Article l The Rescuers (pages 2–3) Introduce the story by having your group look at the photos, title, and  rst paragraph, and suggest the theme of the story. Ask whether anyone has participated in a National History Day project. Then have them take turns reading the story aloud as a class.Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers: 1.The sense of justice and care that her father instilled motivates Irena. Some families may have reasons for nottaking risks, but others find courage to face evil. 2. People like Irena who act out of love and justice motivate others to confront evil and inspire us to act with compassion and bravery. 3.Open-ended. 4.Help the students imagine actions they might take in a crisis. 5. Irena expresses her love of God by treating the Jewish people as she would people of her own religion, an example of loving neighbor as self.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Learn how Jesus’ New Law fulfills the Law of Moses.l Review the five types of prayer.l Write their own intercessory prayers for the Prayer of theFaithful.Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l Two Great Commandments (page 4) Have three volunteers take the parts of Narrator, Lawyer, and Jesus and proclaim the Gospel. Ask the young people who are not reading parts to put down their Visions lessons and listen. Have the young people proclaim the Gospel. Then ask the listeners to retell it to you in their own words before turning to the Talk questions.Take plenty of time to discuss the Talk questions. 1. Share a personal experience first and encourage the students to share. Let them know you value theirresponses. 2.We can’t claim to love God without loving creation and every person God has loved into being. In Matthew 25, a Gospel coming up in November, Jesus makes clear that what we do for the least among us we do for him. 3. Love respects the worth of others. We can’t value others if we don’t value ourselves. Healthy self regard means we acknowledge and celebrate God’s hand in our own creation and in our lives.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Calls Us to Love (page 4) Jesus gives the Pharisees a simple challenge in response to their trickyquestion—love God and love your neighbor. Jesus’ life and Death on Earth is the greatest act of love we can imagine. Read the doctrine together and then give the young people time to reflect on the Talk questions.Discuss the Talk questions: 1. Most families have rules about how the treat each other and their material goods. Ask for volunteers to offer specifics. Family rules existto help a household run smoothly and to make sure everyoneis treated with respect. 2. The point of this query is to conveythe idea that it may be easier to avoid a negative or destructive behavior than to be consistently mindful of doing positive, loving things.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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