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 UNIT 4 OVERVIEW: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
  Sacraments & Liturgy
Life in Christ
Nourishing others
Christian Prayer
          Jesus is like a grain of wheat (CCC, 629, 658)
Eucharist: Living bread
The Lord’s Prayer: Our daily bread
         Jesus leads us from death to life (CCC, 620)
Holy Week/Triduum
Walking with Jesus
Stations of the Cross
         Jesus leads us from death to life (CCC, 620)
Baptism, con rmation; Easter symbols
Celebrating Easter life
Easter Prayer
         Jesus’ disciples witness him risen from death (CCC, 656, 658)
Eucharistic Prayer
Building Christian community
Eucharistic Prayer
         Jesus is our good shepherd (CCC, 620, 2415–18); Creation shows God’s glory (CCC, 319–320)
Christian leadership; stewardship
Thanks for Creation
         Jesus uni es his Church from its beginning (CCC, 820)
Psalms: prayer poems
         Jesus’ commandment (CCC, 1823); Holy Trinity (CCC, 261–263)
Gifts, fruits of the spirit
Living in the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit Prayer Service
        Jesus sends his disciples (CCC, 1122)
Early Church
Evangelism; making, keeping friends
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
                                                                                 In the second lesson, Palm/Passion Sunday (see page TG4-12, we follow the liturgies of Holy Week. We celebrate the mystery
of Redemption—that God becomes one of us in Jesus in order
that we humans might become one with God. We share Jesus’ relationship with God. After his Resurrection, Jesus commissions Mary Magdalene to tell all his friends, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17).
In the Sunday Gospels for the 4th and 5th Sundays of Easter, we encounter Jesus as the Good Shepherd, who knows us and cares for us as shepherds know and care for their sheep. His relationship with us is also like sharing the life of the same vine. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower,” Jesus says. “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:1,5).
During Easter, the First Readings come from the Acts of
the Apostles, which tells the story of Jesus’ disciples becoming missionaries and spreading the Good News of his Resurrection among the Gentiles. In the lesson for the 3rd Sunday of Easter (see page TG4-16), the young people will read the story of Paul, who, after his conversion, spreads the Good News in Asia Minor, Greece, and Italy.
Jesus’ su ering, Death, and Resurrection mark Christian faith. Jesus calls us to follow, to take up our crosses, and to give ourselves in love and faithfulness to one another. Christians are Easter people who believe new life is possible in our lives today. As we go out to witness that message to others, Jesus sends us with one simple commandment: love one another.
Late Close Lessons
If your Visions sessions continue after the last regular lesson of the year on May 13, you may wish to use the Late Close lessons—Celebrate Creation, Exploring Parables, and Celebrate Pentecost—that are available to download and print at Click on the Catechists-Teachers tab, then select Visions and Late Close Lessons on the drop- down menu. There are three additional Late Close Lessons in the Visions Activity Book, including Saint Katharine Drexel (Saints); Mary, Leader and Role Model (Mary); and Pentecost.
GROW Blog and Lessons Updates
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