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                                                                                                                                                     January 28, 2018 • 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15–20; 1 Corinthians 7:32–35; Mark 1:21–28
             For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
Last Sunday, we began reading Mark’s story of Jesus’ first week of public ministry. In these first chapters, Jesus teaches, heals, calls followers, and gains enemies.
This Sunday, Jesus is in Capernaum, his adopted hometown, where he teaches about the Scripture at the synagogue. People are astounded by the authority of his teaching. Jesus speaks his own mind, offers his own teaching, and does so on his own authority. He does not purport to be anyone’s disciple and does not rely on traditional teachings.
Jesus also astounds people by his authority over evil spirits. He calms and makes whole a man with an unclean spirit who enters the synagogue. Jesus is fueled by the Holy Spirit and driven by love of God. He is a teacher with power.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Good News explores with the children the power they themselves have and the positive ways they can use their power.
“Christ’s whole life is a mystery of redemption. Redemption comes to us above all through the blood of his cross, but this mystery is at work throughout Christ’s entire life” (CCC, 517). “The four gospels occupy a central place because Christ Jesus is their center” (CCC, 139). See also CCC, 2173 and 438.
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
           60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l We have the power to _______. (page 1) l Story l The Little Bird
l Discuss the Know questions related to the story.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Shows His Power (page 3)
l Discuss the Gospel using the Know questions.
l Catholic Faith Word l Miracle (page 3)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 23.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l Good Actions Are Powerful (pages 3–4)
l Closing Prayer
l Closing Song l “The Beatitudes” (CD-2, #17)
Take-Home
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (25–30 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l We have the power to _______. (page 1)
l Story l The Little Bird
l Discuss the Know questions related to the story.
l Activity l Stretch and Sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40-45 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Shows His Power (page 3)
l Discuss the Gospel using the Know questions.
l Catholic Faith Word l Miracle (page 3)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and
Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 23.
l Activity l Good News Activity Book, Activity #18 Live the Gospel (15-20 minutes)
l Activity l Good Actions Are Powerful (pages 3–4) l Closing Prayer
l Closing Song l “The Beatitudes” (CD-2, #17)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
Materials
l Good News Student Lesson for 1/28
l Catechism handbook, page 23
l CD player and Promise/Good News CD-2 l scissors, crayons or colored pencils, tape l three-foot piece of rope
NOTE: Make one lantern in advance.
Suggested Music
l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14) l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) l “The Beatitudes” (CD-2, #17)
Lesson Resources
l Good News Activity Book, Activity #18 l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/
assessments)
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Good News Activity Book, Activity #18
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
   We have the power to __________________________.
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