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 How Does Jesus Show God’s Love?
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In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus is a man of
action. Use the clues to unscramble the words that tell what Jesus does. Finish
the sentence at the bottom of the page.
O U H C T Jesus was a hands-on healer
Z E X C O R I E freespeopleofevilspirits C H T A E tells about God’s love
A L L C asks people to help
R P A Y asksGodforhelp
T E R V L A goesfromtowntotowninGalilee L H E A restores people to health and service
Why do you think Jesus works so hard? ______________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 11, 2018
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Recognize Jesus uses his human energy as well as his divine being to bring the Good News of God’s love.
l Appreciate that understanding can lead to compassion. Gather the children into a prayer circle. Play and sing
“The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13).
Gathering Prayer Remain in the circle. Remind the children of how a man came into the synagogue where Jesus was teaching and started to yell at him. Jesus stepped up and healed him. Invite the children to think of who they know who needs to be cared
for and included. Give them time to mention anyone they wish.
Possibilities: new immigrants, people with mental illness, homeless people, children with behavior problems, new kids in school, new players on sports teams. Pray this prayer to conclude:
Jesus, we want to be compassionate towards others as you were in your lifetime. Send your Holy Spirit to us to  ll us with your love. Amen.
Cover Activity l How Does Jesus Show Love? (page 1) Give the children a few moments to work out this puzzle themselves. Share answers as a group. Answers: touch, exorcize, teach, call, pray, travel, heal. Give the children time to respond to the question at the bottom of the page, and invite volunteers to share their responses.
Then ask volunteers to tell what is happening in each of the illustrations. Clockwise from upper left: raising up Peter’s mother- in-law; calming a child; calling followers; healing a sick man; teaching in the synagogue. The sick man is the leper in this Sunday’s Gospel. All the illustrations are part of the second half of the Gospel booklet the children began last week. Conclude that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. This is the mystery of the Incarnation. Jesus used all his human energy and compassion to show people of his time how much God loved them.
Story l The Visitors (pages 2-3) Have the children speculate from the title and illustration what this story might
be about. A girl is listening to two women talking. She seems concerned and saddened by what she hears. What can be wrong? This is a good story to read aloud together. Ask volunteers to read a paragraph at a time. Don’t require everyone to read aloud.
When you are  nished reading, ask the children if the story seems real. Could this happen to anyone today? How would they react if, like Colleen, they had to share a room and their things with another family?
Use the Think questions on page 3 as needed to guide a discussion of the story. Answers will vary with students’ experiences. Conclude by asking what we might call
Colleen’s attitude change after she realizes the problem. She shows compassion. Tell the children they will hear another example of compassion in the Gospel reading.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Recognize Jesus’ willingness to heal is a sign of God’s love for us.
l Understand how receiving Holy Communion makes us part of Jesus’ community.
l Become familiar with the six kinds of prayers.
Gospel Ritual Move to the space you have set up for your Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to read this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy (page 4) Have three children take the parts of Narrator, Man, and Jesus and proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers: 1. His compassion and concern for wholeness and community. 2. He wanted everyone to feel included as he did; the Good
News of Jesus was news he just had to share. 3. People who are homeless, poor, refugees; open-ended.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l God’s Love Is For Everyone (page 4) After you read the doctrine section aloud, ask the children: Who are the “lepers” in our community, those who are rejected?
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Forms of Prayer (page 40)
Gather the children in a story circle.
Ask how and when they pray. Possibilities would include: this Venture class, before or after meals, before
a test, first thing in the morning or at night before bed, when worried, when grateful, when at grandparents’ house, at Mass.

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