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November 12, 2017 • 32nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeSunday Readings: Wisdom 6:12–16;1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:1–13For Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundMany early Christians expected Jesus to return in glory during their lifetimes. When the Romans destroyed the Temple in a.d. 70—40 years after Jesus’ Death and Resurrection—people believed that the time for his return had surely come. But by the a.d. 80s, when Matthew wrote his Gospel, most Christians no longer expected Jesus to return soon. Sunday’s Gospel is a parable that expresses concern about how to live during the delay in Jesus’ return. The unexpectedly long delay of the bridegroom in settling the dowry and coming for his bride separates the wise girls from the foolish ones.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineThis Sunday’s Gospel could be boiled down to a simple command: Be prepared. “When he comes at theend of time to judge the living and the dead, the glorious Christ will reveal the secret dispositions of hearts and will render to each of us according to our works and according to our acceptance or refusal of grace.”(CCC, 682) “The books of the Old Testament bear witness to the whole divine pedagogy of God’s saving love: these writings are a ‘storehouse of sublime teaching on God and of sound wisdom on human life as well as a wonderful treasury of prayer; in them, too, the mystery of our salvation is present in a hidden way.’”(CCC, 122) Note: All numbered citations are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church unless otherwise indicated.Making wise choices can be challenging for young teens who are still defining their identities and seeking acceptance. They are sensitive to other people’s opinions and can be especially vulnerable to advertising, social media, and peer pressure.Single-Session Lesson Pacing GuidesNote: These pacing guides are suggestions on how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.60-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes) l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l What Is Wise? What Is Foolish? (page 1) l Story l The Right Side (pages 2–3)l Discuss the Talk questions related to the story.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)l Sunday Gospel l Parable of the Wise and Foolish Girls (page 4) l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teacheshandbooks. Turn to page 7.l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)l Activity l Wisdom Comes to Us in Short Sayings (page 7) l Activity l The Wisdom Game (page 8)l Closing PrayerTake-Homel Have the young people do the Unscramble and Match puzzle on page 6 at home.l Activity l Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture (Visions Activity Book, #1)l Remind the young people to share their lesson with their families and to do the Pray, Think, Act activities on page 8 together.90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20-25 minutes)l Opening Song l “Blest Are They” (CD-2, #11)l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l What Is Wise? What Is Foolish? (page 1) l Story l The Right Side (pages 2–3)l Discuss the Talk questions related to the story.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)l Sunday Gospel l Parable of the Wise and Foolish Girls (page 4) l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teacheshandbooks. Turn to page 7.l Catholic Faith Word l Wisdom (page 5) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)Live the Gospel (20-25 minutes)l Activity l Wisdom Comes to Us in Short Sayings (page 7)l Activity l The Wisdom Game (page 8)l Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture (Visions Activity Book, #1) l Puzzle (page 6)l Closing PrayerTake-HomeRemind the young people to share their lesson with their families and to do the Pray, Think, Act activities on page 8 together.Materialsl Visions Student Lesson for 11/12l Catechism handbook, page 7l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs l Bible, cloth, candle, matches/lighter, pencils/pensSuggested Musicl “Blest Are They” (CD-2, #11)l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)Lesson Resourcesl Visions Activity Book, Activity #1 l Lesson Assessment(gospelweeklies.com/ teacherresources)TG1-32For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplansWhat is Wise? What is Foolish?about 10 wise and foolish girls.the foolish students realized that they did not know the material for the test. They asked the smart studentsOnce there were ten students who were going to take a test. Their teacher allowed them to have a notecard during the test. Five of thenote cards, there won’t be any for us.”So, the foolish students took out their textbooks and tried to  ll their note cards as quickly as possible while the other students left to take the test.theWy rhaenttohtehfeocollaishsrostoumdetnotsta kneisthedte, st. But, the doors were closed and they were lateforclass.Whentheygotin,their teacher told them that their punishment for being late was that they did not get to use their note cards.daySor, wthaetchoouurto, fothr eyoLuodrdo’sncootmkninogw. theJesus usesparables fromeveryday life toanswer questions.An eighth graderwrote a modernversionofSunday’s smWarhteandthweednatytofathpeatretsyticnasmteea,d. Gospel parablestudents were smart and  lled out their note cards as much as they could; the other  ve weren’t asto borrow their note cards. The smart students replied, “No, if we give you ourMatt SchoenbauerPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramNovember 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeGive an example of somethingwise or foolish you have done.


































































































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