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                                                                                                              January 21, 2018 • 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Live the Gospel
Objective The children will imagine they are sent by Jesus to tell his Good News.
Activity l We Tell Jesus’ Good News (page 4) Before turning to this activity, ask if the children know what a missionary is. They may have heard a missionary speak at church, or your school may have invited a missionary to address the children. Missionaries are priests, deacons, religious women and men, and laypeople who spread Jesus’ message of love around the world.
Ask the children to tell today’s Gospel story in their own words. It is a “and then, and then” kind of narrative. The four men followed Jesus immediately and stayed with him until after his Ascension into Heaven. Ask: What do you think the Apostles and all the other people who followed Jesus did after Jesus’ Ascension? Enjoy their speculation. Some may remember Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit gave them the strength to tell about Jesus to everyone in Jerusalem. We know from Paul’s letters that they sailed all around the Mediterranean Sea and that many people became believers in Jesus because they heard the stories about him.
Turn to page 4. Read the copy under “We Tell Jesus’ Good News” aloud. Ask: Where might you tell Jesus’ Good News about God’s love for us? Give each child an opportunity to respond but don’t force anyone. Look at the illustrations together. Ask for volunteers to tell how any one of the things might help tell Jesus’ story. Have fun with this activity. If you have time, break your class into small groups and have each group tell and/or demonstrate what they would do if they used the puppets, crayons, bread and wine, or any of the other items.
Maryknoll missionaries are one of the best-known groups. They go to the most dangerous countries in the world and to
places where people are most in need. The Maryknoll Classroom Program “Discover Your Neighbor” is an interactive classroom education program that promotes mission engagement by Catholic youth. Learn more at
Closing Prayer “Lead the children in this simple blessing:
Leader: Many years ago, Jesus called people to follow him. Today, he calls us. How will we answer Jesus’ call?
All: Here we are, Jesus. We want to follow you.
Leader goes to each child, puts right hand on child’s shoulder, and says:
Leader: (Name), Jesus is calling you.
Child: Here I am, Jesus. I am ready to follow you.
Leader: After all the children have been called and responded, conclude:
Thank you for loving us, Jesus, and for choosing us to be your followers. Help us to listen to you and follow you.
All: Amen. Exchange a sign of peace.
Conclude your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
                                                        Lesson Wrap-Up
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Use Activity #28 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
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?
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                           Name Activity
We Are Cherished
God gave each of us special gifts. When we use the gifts that God gave us, we show respect for ourselves and for all his Creation. Think about your gifts. Do you take care of animals? Are you good at making people laugh? Do you try to help those who have less?
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l
  Circle the sentences below that describe children who are using their gifts. Then draw a picture of yourself using a special gift of your own.
   Sandra can add numbers very quickly, so she helps sell things at the parish rummage sale.
Anika enjoys singing, so she joins the parish choir to make beautiful music during Mass.
Diego hates to see candy wrappers where birds might eat them, so he picks them up to throw them away.
Christopher thinks his art will never be as good as his friend’s art, so he stops drawing.
Matt likes to learn new things from books, and he reads his favorite books to his little sister.
Julia knows how to set the table, but she tries to get out of doing it.
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