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      For Catechists and Teachers
 Jesus Calls His Followers
The teaching, healing, and calling of disciples that Jesus does in the  rst week of his ministry brings God’s kingdom near the people of Galilee and reveals the wholeness for individuals and humankind that God wishes. Jesus invites people to repent and believe the Good News. His words and works reveal he is the Messiah, but they also stir up opposition.
Christ’s compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of in rmity are resplendent signs that God has visited the people and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Jesus has power not only to heal, but also to forgive sins; he has come to heal the whole person (CCC, 1503).
In Unit 3, Venture the  rst  ve lessons focus on the  rst chapter of Mark’s Gospel. In these lessons, Venture children meet Jesus as he spreads his Good News and calls others to follow him. The children will discover that when people encounter this Good News and Jesus’ call, the only true response is to follow him and to form a community. This does not simply mean joining with people of like class, money, race, or mindset. Rather, it means forming a new and distinctive solidarity. Venture helps the children discover that the hallmarks of the community to which Jesus calls us are change of heart, faith in Jesus, and service of others.
The Venture stories in this unit reach the children where
they live. Middle-grade children experience, or know others
who experience, the illness and death of people they love, disruption in their home lives, con ict between family values
and peer values, and the bumps on the road that come with living. Catechists are well-advised to listen to the conversations the stories can evoke. Children will make their own connections between the Gospel message and their own lives if you give them the chance. Venture a ords the children many opportunities to respond to Jesus. They discover how to reach out to serve others at home and in the classroom. They explore decision making. They learn from the example of Church and civic leaders.
Unit 3 Gospel Background
Year B began with the Gospel of Mark six weeks ago on the First Sunday of Advent. However, the children begin their study of Mark’s Gospel in earnest in unit 3, starting in the  rst lesson (January 21) with an interview with the  rst Gospel writer himself. The children will be fully immersed in Jesus’healing ministry.
The stories in this unit place Jesus the Land of Israel. The children will come to recognize the geography that includes
the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calls his followers, the village of Capernaum where he works his  rst miracles, and the hills where
Sunday Gospels
Catholic Social Teaching
       January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:14–20
Jesus Calls Four Fishermen
Gospel according to Mark; Jonah
Call to community
        January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:21–28
Jesus Teaches with Authority
Africans in the Bible
Solidarity: We are one human family
        February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:29–39
Jesus Raises Up, Heals, Frees
Finding Gospel passages
Caring for the poor and vulnerable
        February 11, 2018
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:40–45 Jesus Heals a Leper
Jesus’ public ministry; Bible lookup
Dignity of the human person
        February 18, 2018 1st Sunday of Lent
Mark 1:12–15 Jesus Is Tempted
God’s covenant with Noah, Israelites
Called to community
        February 25, 2018 2nd Sunday of Lent
Mark 9:2–10 Transfiguration
Abraham and Sarah; Ten Commandments
Called to family, community
        March 4, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent
John 2:13–25
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
The Exodus; Ten Commandments
Rights and responsibilities
       March 11, 2018 4th Sunday of Lent
John 3:14–21
Jesus Gives Us Light
John 3:16; 8th Commandment
Rights and responsibilities
         Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, November 9, 2017
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