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      For Catechists and Teachers
 Jesus Calls His Followers
Jesus is a dynamic, healing presence in Galilee. He calls young people today to follow him just as he called the  rst men and women to be disciples. To be a disciple is to love and serve one another as Jesus did. Visions explores the theme of vocation in this unit, both as states of life and as the personal, passionate commitments each of us can make to use our unique gifts.
In this unit, the young people meet the women of Montgomery, Alabama, who organize a bus boycott, and Sister Dorothy Stang, a Notre Dame de Namur sister, who worked to help peasant farmers secure land and learn sustainable farming in the rain forests of Brazil. These Christians stood in solidarity with people who were poor and su ering injustice.
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 a resplendent sign 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).
Unit 3 Gospel Background
Calls to follow Jesus  ll the Gospels that begin Unit Three. For four Sundays of Ordinary Time, Mark’s Gospel recounts the  rst days
of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. He calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John and raises up Peter’s mother-in-law, who becomes the  rst woman disciple.
Jesus preaches God’s nearness, casts an unclean spirit out of a man at the synagogue, and heals all the sick who gather at his door. He goes from village to village healing and preaching. “This is why I have come,” Jesus says. People from everywhere seek out Jesus after he heals a leper who will not keep secret what Jesus has done for him.
Jesus is forming a new community and inviting all of us who follow him today to belong. Following Jesus doesn’t mean linking up with people of like mind, money, or class. Jesus’ community includes  shermen, sick folks, a mother-in-law, lepers. It’s a community for all. Jesus’ Good News does not demand worthiness but willingness to trust in God and love one another. In its lessons, Visions calls the young people to discriminate between consumer and Christian values, to handle peer pressure, resolve con icts, and live their baptismal vocations.
This unit invites the children to consider the covenants God made with Noah and with Moses, after which they will write both class and personal covenants. They will also continue their study of the Ten Commandments they began last fall. In this unit, they will
Sunday Gospels
Catholic Social Teaching
       January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:14–20
Jesus Calls Four Fishermen
Mark’s Gospel: Who Is Jesus?
Call to community
        January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:21–28
Jesus Teaches with Authority
Commandments 1–3; Galilee
Solidarity: We are one human family
        February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:29–39
Jesus Raises Up, Heals, Frees
Jesus’ healing ministry
Caring for the poor and vulnerable; human beings are social
        February 11, 2018
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:40–45 Jesus Heals a Leper
8th Commandment
Dignity of the human person
        February 18, 2018 1st Sunday of Lent
Mark 1:12–15 Jesus Is Tempted
God makes a commitment to Noah
Called to community; poor and vulnerable
        February 25, 2018 2nd Sunday of Lent
Mark 9:2–10 Transfiguration
God and Abraham; Mark’s Gospel review
Poor and vulnerable; solidarity
        March 4, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent
John 2:13–25
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Ten Commandments; covenants
Called to family, community
       March 11, 2018 4th Sunday of Lent
John 3:14–21
Jesus Gives Us Light
John 3:16
Rights and responsibilities
Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, November 9, 2017
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