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For Catechists and TeachersJesus Is the Heartof CatechesisDuring Unit 2, the young people will learn how they are called to prepare for Jesus—both the celebration of his birth at Christmas and his Second Coming. In the  rst two lessons of Unit 2, they explore parables that envision who Christians can be—both as individuals and together as a community. The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14–30) a rms the servants who double the money their master entrusts to them. God entrusts each of us with life and with unique talents to develop and use. God also entrusts all of us with the capacity for respecting and treating one another kindly.The Feast of Christ the King (November 26) envisions Jesus coming in glory to judge the nations. He welcomes into God’s Kingdom all who have lived the Works of Mercy. Jesus says, “Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). The Works of Mercy provide concrete expectations upon which young people can act. This is an appropriate time to plan class projects around the Works of Mercy that lead into Advent preparations for Christmas.December is busy in schools and parishes. The Advent wreaths, Nativity scenes, Secret Santas, gift giving, choir practices, and Christmas plays—all help us focus on the Incarnation of God in our world. In Jesus, God became human and dwelt among us. Both the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Magi proclaim that Jesus isIsrael’s Messiah, the long-awaited, Spirit- lled leader the prophets of Israel trusted God would send. He is Emmanuel, which means “God-with-us.” Jesus’ coming is not only an event of the past; Jesus comes in every Eucharist and will return in the Second Coming.Each year, the Advent–Christmas season asks us to re ect on our human experience and who we are becoming in Christ. “Because the eternal Word assumed human nature, human experience is the locus for the manifestation and realization of salvation in him. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, persons come to know Christ, to know that he was sent from the Father, and to know that he died to save them in the midst of their human experience” (National Directory for Catechesis, 29A). Note: All quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church are identi ed by CCC and paragraph numbers.Unit 2 Gospel BackgroundThis Church year ends in the  rst two lessons of this unit with Sunday Gospels from Matthew 25. The Parable of the Talents (November19) focuses on fruitfully using God’s gifts to us. In the Gospel for the Feast of Christ the King (November 26), Jesus comes in glory to judge the nations by a standard we can all achieve—the Works of Mercy. In this parable, Jesus identi es with the least among us. He callsus to feed, clothe, and shelter people who are poor—to stand in solidarity with them and help provide the basics for them to live. The wholeness of the human family and our salvation depend on howDate/SundayDecember 3, 2017 1st Sunday of AdventSunday GospelsBibleCatholic Social TeachingNovember 19, 201733rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 25:14–30 TalentsProverbs 31: ideal wife; Genesis 1Workers have rights; option for the poor and vulnerableNovember 26, 2017 Feast of Christ the KingMatthew 25:31–46 Works of MercyWorks of MercySeven principles of Catholic social teachingMark 13:33–37 Be Alert!Psalm 80December 10, 2017 2nd Sunday of AdventMark 1:1–8Jesus Is Good NewsJohn the Baptist; the ExileOption for the poor and vulnerableDecember 17, 2017 3rd Sunday of AdventJohn 1:6–8, 19–28John the Baptist Prepares for JesusNativity account: Matthew, Luke; O AntiphonsThe human person is sacredDecember 24, 2017 4th Sunday of AdventLuke 1:26–38 Mary’s Yes to GodAngel messengerRights and responsibilitiesDecember 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 Christmas and EpiphanyLuke 2:1–14 Jesus Is Born and Matthew 2:1–12 Visit of the MagiNew Testament: Nativity and EpiphanyOption for the poor and vulnerable; solidarityJanuary 14, 20182nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeJohn 1:35–42Jesus Calls His FollowersThe prophet Samuel; disciplesCall to family, communityFor free at-home activities, visitTG2-2 Visions Teaching Guide (supplement to Pflaum Gospel Weeklies) copyright © 2017 by Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption. Editorial Director: David Dziena; Editor: Nicholle Check; Designer: Jennifer Poferl. Page TG1-2 art: © Bayard, Inc. – Illustration: Jim Burrows. Printed in the USA. Material in this supplementmay not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form or format without special permission from the publisher.

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