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December 17, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of AdventWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesJesus, the Savior (page 10) The Incarnation (page 10)Focus on the first paragraph. Explain that Israel anointed its kings with oil. Messiah is the word in Hebrew for the “anointed one” or “king.” Ask for volunteers to read the rest of the section.Have volunteers list the other names of God.Ask what reasons the People of Israel had for expecting a Messiah. God promised to send another king like David. They wanted to be independent of their conquerors and be a nation among nations again. They imagined a warrior, a military leader. Ask: Is this how you would describe Jesus?Review the meaning of the word Incarnation in the next section and connect it with the mystery of Jesus having two natures, divine and human, in one Person—the doctrinal emphasis in this Visions lesson.Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 4.Catholic Faith Word l Emmanuel (page 4) IRead loud this de nition about God-with-us to conclude the doctrine section and to introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature about the O Antiphons (page 5).Our Catholic Faith l Prayers of Waiting (page 5) Read aloud the introductory paragraphs about the O Antiphons. Have the young people look at each circle and identify the symbol. Ask what the symbol stands for in Israel’s history. Point out that the  rst part of each antiphon gives Jesus a descriptive title. The second half makes a prayer of longing for the Messiah to come. Each circle contains the Scripture reference that is its source.Activity As an extended activity, the young people can use the O Antiphons to make Jesse Trees or mobiles. It could be a class project to make one, an individual project in class, or a take-home activity. Note: Make extra copies of page 6 before you have the young people cut out the circles.Prayer Activity Use the antiphon of the day as a class prayer in a school setting (pray both the December 17 and 18 antiphons on that Monday). Encourage the young people to pray the antiphon of the day with their families at meals or around the Advent wreath if they have one.Live the GospelObjectives l The young people will:l Trace the clues about who Jesus is in the stories of his birth. l Explore the Christmas tree as a symbol of the spirit ofChristmas.Living the Gospel l The Birth of Jesus According to Matthew/The Birth of Jesus According to Luke (pages 6–7) This activity builds on the Bible search on the cover. Have the young people read both Gospel accounts in small groups. Have them complete the questions, page 6, bottom. Matthew: Jesus belongs to David’s royal line. Jesus is God with us. David’s family comes from Bethlehem. Luke: Jesus fulfills God’s promise to David that his royal line will last forever. Like Sarah, Elizabeth conceives a child in old age, a gift from God. The promised Messiah or king will come from David’s line and from Bethlehem.Closing Prayer l Christmas Tree Blessing(page 8) Ask the young people why we decorate evergreen trees at Christmastime. Accept their ideas without correcting them. Have the young people read aloud the three introductory paragraphs. Give the group quiet time to reflect on their hopes and prayers and write them on the Christmas-tree shape. Celebrate the Christmas Tree Blessing from Psalm 96. Encourage the young people to take Visions home and share the blessing with their families.Remind the young people to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.Lesson Wrap-Up4025_Visions_ActivityBook.indd 25 7/17/17 12:13 AMVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #6 from the Visions Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.November 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AName:Answer the following questions based on the lesson.1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.4. When do we pray psalms?5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH (800-543-4383) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.Name ________________________________________What Is the Incarnation?Jesus’ taking on of human nature is called the Incarnation. The word incarnation literally means “taking on flesh.” This is a great mystery of the Church. In the Incarnation Jesus fully overcame the division between God and humanity that resulted from Original Sin, and he completed God’s Revelation of himself to us.Create a picture, a diagram, a word cloud, or a poem to express your understanding of the Incarnation.Activity 6God the SonUnit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-23The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWith My Family and Friends© 2018 Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. Dayton, OH. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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