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 Appreciate and affirm the giftsGodgivesyou—being alive, having a body with its five senses, having a mind to learn, and having a spirit to seek purpose
Take deep breaths, feel peace. Make someone laugh. Feel your heart pump. See a tree and who lives in it. Hear a bird sing. Listen to a dribble.
How Will You Live LENT?
in life and friendship with God and one another.
Run. Doodle a hope for the world. Taste a new vegetable. Walk a mile. Cook your favorite food. Smell a flower. Share a fact you read. Listen to a friend. Breathe in; think a hope. Smell a meal; thank the cook. Smile. Smile back. Draw yourself. Play an instrument. Learn a song for church. Pick up trash. Do a jumping jack. Use your hands to make art. Hug your brother or sister. Breathe; thank God. Praise a friend for a good answer. Memorize a poem.
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Write a poem. Pet an animal friend. Sit in the sun; thank God for all that grows. Notice the buds on trees. Describe the color of the sky. Say hello to a new person. Thank God for all you see that starts with M. Listen to a favorite song. Tell a friend why you like it. Taste what you eat.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 18, 2018
1st Sunday of Lent
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will:
l Explore how they can live Lent.
l Examine how people react to racism and religious
Gather in a prayer circle. Pray and sing “Remember You Are Dust” (CD-1, #10). Lyrics are available at
Gathering Prayer Remind the children that Lent, the Church season that prepares us for Easter, begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 14. This Sunday marks the  rst of six Sundays of Lent.
Pray together: Loving God, every year you bring the world back to life in the springtime. Lent is springtime in our hearts. Help us grow in love for you, for all creation, and for one another.
The young people respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l How Will You Live Lent?
(page 1) Read the text at upper left. Ask the young people how they can use the gift of their  ve senses to draw closer to God during Lent. Invite them to spend a few minutes looking over the many ideas in the circle. Have them share their favorites. Ask how they would describe these ideas—simple, easy, healthy, kind. Ask which actions they already do. Many people associate Lent with giving up things or activities (candy, ca eine, social media). Ask which activities they might try doing during Lent.
Story l Shards of Clay (pages 2–3) Invite the
young people to recall the U.S. bishops’ statements regarding racism they learned about in the January 28 lesson. Racism,
the bishops wrote, is a sin. By extension, prejudice or violence based on ethnicity or religion is also not to be tolerated. With
that background in place, have the young people look at the two illustrations and the title. Ask: What do you think has happened here? Have volunteers take turns reading the story. You may wish to assign the parts of Mr. Zakaria and Luke to keep things moving.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers:
1. Open-ended; crimes like this are usually motivated by fear, ignorance, or hatred (which often has its roots in fear).
2. Open-ended; encourage the young people to imagine both their feelings and actions. 3. They fear retribution from the older boys who they think may have committed this crime. Luke likes the Zakaria family; they are his neighbors, and he finds that he can’t just walk away. 4. He shows the Zakaria family that he will stand by them and help them, despite the actions of others. Luke offers help and kindness.
5. Open-ended; discuss the reasons why someone stands up against injustice and why we might avoid the situation and remain silent. Ask: What role does one’s conscience play in situations like this?
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Understand Jesus’ time in the desert as the beginning of his
l Interpret the symbolism of the rainbow in the Noah story. l Explore Jesus’ new law of love.
Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people to listen to this Sunday’s gospel, play “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Faces a Test in the Desert (page 4) Choose readers to proclaim the Gospel. Have them read the Gospel at a fast pace, so the narrative holds together. Arrange the young people into groups of four or  ve. Have them elaborate their ideas of how Satan might have tested Jesus.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. The Spirit drives Jesus into the desert. Solitude gives him time to reflect on his mission and listen to God. Perhaps Satan
tempts him not to begin preaching or mocks his message. 2. Jesus preaches, heals, forgives sins, and frees people from evil. His mission is to bring God’s kingdom among poor and sick people who think God wants them to suffer. 3. Culture values money and status and leaves poor people behind, which tests whether we will continue Jesus’ mission to them.
Catholic Faith Word l Lent (page 4) Have the young people read the de nition aloud. Remind them that loving and forgiving are ways we renew our baptismal commitment.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Lent Calls Us to Grow (page 4) This is the heart of Lent—growing closer to God. Lent is so closely associated with
spring for good reason. Like a  ower bulb just under the surface of the earth, we are growing and changing and getting ready to burst forth with new life. Ask for three volunteers to read the doctrine related to this Sunday’s Gospel.
Turn to the Talk question questions on page 4. Don’t rush through these questions. Most are open-ended but will generate good discussion. Answers: 1. Open-ended;
brainstorm together. 2. Open-ended; hang around with supportive friends and family who help you stay on track. Being around people who have destructive habits. 3 and 4. Open-ended.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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