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The Disciples Recognize the Risen Jesus
A role-play based on the Gospel of Luke (8:1–3, 24:13–35)
Cleopas Andrew Companion Matthew
Mary Magdalene
1. Cut out heart
shapes from red construction paper,
one for each group member. Use double- sided tape on one side of each heart so that people can easily fasten them to clothing.
2. Set a small, cloth- draped table upstage left with three chairs. Place cutout hearts on the table.
Peter and the other Apostles (Andrew, Matthew, and Philip) and the disciples who also accompanied Jesus (Joanna, Susanna, and Mary Magdalene) are nervously pacing about the room. They seem anxious and afraid. Cleopas and Companion enter from off-stage right and knock on door. This startles the disciples and they huddle together. Cleopas: (pounding on door) Open up!
Peter: You can’t be Cleopas. He left Jerusalem this morning.
Cleopas: Yes, Peter, I did go, but I’m back. Unbar the door! Peter opens the door. The two enter.
3. Place six other chairs in a semicircle at center stage.
Companion: Unbar the door! Peter: Go away!
Cleopas: Peter, is that you? Peter: Cleopas?
Peter: Why are you back so soon?
Companion: We have news! Joanna: You seem so excited. Tell us.
Cleopas: Yes, yes! Open the
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door. Hurry!
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 15, 2018
3rd Sunday of Easter
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives The children will discover how Jesus’ followers recognized him in the breaking of bread.
Gather in a prayer circle. Ask for a volunteer to place the class Bible at the center of your ritual space. Play and sing “Yes Lord I Believe” (CD-2, #14).
Gathering Prayer Explain to the children that, in this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples. He will explain the Scriptures to them so that they can spread the Good News. In this spirit, invite the children to share a piece of their own good news from this week and share their gratitude. When all have shared, conclude the prayer: Loving God, we thank you and praise you. All: Amen.
Play/Drama l The Disciples Recognize the Risen Jesus (pages 1-3) Distribute this week’s Venture lesson. Read through the text marked Preparation in the left column on the cover, page 1. Cut out a heart shape for each child in the group. Make sure all other props are available. Choose and practice a familiar Easter alleluia or hymn to sing at the play’s conclusion. Choose ten children to take the parts, noting that the Innkeeper and stranger have no spoken lines. The play takes place on the  rst Sunday evening after Jesus’ Death on the Cross. Have the cast present the play.
Distribute Bibles. Discuss the Think questions on page 3. Answers: 1. They were discussing Jesus’ condemnation and Death; sad and depressed. 2. They
recognize that the Stranger is actually Jesus, risen and alive.
3. Have the children look up and read Luke 24:30 (Emmaus), 9:16 (multiplication of the loaves), and 22:19 (Last Supper); Luke used the same wording to link Jesus to feeding and sharing himself in a meal of broken bread. 4. Open-ended.
Play and sing “He Lives!” (CD-2, #3) to conclude the reading of the play/drama.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Appreciate how Jesus’ prepares his disciples to be his witnesses.
l Recognize how we celebrate Jesus in the breaking of the bread at every Mass.
l Become aware of the stories behind holidays and commemorations.
Gospel Ritual move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to proclaim this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Appears to His Disciples (page 4) Tell the children that this Gospel begins right at the point the play/drama ends. Choose three readers to proclaim the Gospel. The rest of the class can act out the non- speaking part of the disciples.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers:
1. Jesus is not a ghost; he has  esh and bones; he can be heard and touched; he can eat and drink, but he is glori ed
and can appear and disappear. He wants them to understand he is still with them. 2. He helps them understand that the Scriptures have told how the Messiah would have to su er. They will be his witnesses and preach to all the message of turning toward God.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l We Are All Part of Jesus’ Mission (page 4) Read aloud the doctrine that relates to this Sunday’s
Gospel. It bridges your discussion of Jesus preparing his disciples to be his witnesses to your class discussion of how missionaries continue to spread the Good News, even today.
Turn to the Think questions related to the doctrine on page 4. Answers: 1. Open-ended; this is not meant to discount the value of prayer, but to encourage the children
to think of other ways they can impact their world. They might raise money to support Christian missionaries, or write them letters of support and appreciation (see 2. This should generate good discussion. The children may include qualities of Jesus or a parable. Accept all responses.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Mission of the Church (page 12) Marks of the Church (page 12)
Read the paragraph that summarizes the mission of the Church as the telling of Jesus’ Good News. Church in this
context does not mean the institutional Roman Catholic Church headquartered in Rome. It means the whole assembly of believers, who show by their words and actions what the love of Jesus is like.

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