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                                                                                                                                 March 18, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Lent
Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 31:31–34; Hebrews 5:7–9; John 12:20–33
                        For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus uses the growth cycle of wheat to talk about his Death and Resurrection. Just as seeds appear to die in planting but sprout and grow into a rich harvest, so will abundant life come out of the danger and death Jesus faces. Jesus’ Resurrection makes visible the power of God’s love, a power the life in seeds only suggests.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
“The lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and announces the lifting up by his Ascension into heaven, and indeed begins it” (CCC, 662).
“The desire to embrace his Father’s plan of redeeming love inspired Jesus’ whole life, for his redemptive passion was the very reason for his Incarnation. And so he asked, ‘And what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour?” No, for this purpose I have come to this hour’” (CCC, 607). “The Paschal mystery has two aspects: by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by his Resurrection, he opens for us the ways to a new life” (CCC, 654).
“The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, that is, of the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action” (CCC, 1409).
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
     Materials
l Visions Student Lesson for 3/18
l Catechism handbook, page 11
l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs
l Pencils and pens
l Bible, cloth, candles, matches/lighter
Suggested Music
l “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2) l “Lord By Your Cross” (CD-1, #16)
Lesson Resources
l Visions Activity Book, Activity #12
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.
com/assessments)
60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes) l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l One Grain of Wheat Becomes Many (page 1) l Play/Drama l Jeremiah, the Prophet (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the first Talk question.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes) l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Like a Grain of Wheat (page 4)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches
handbooks. Turn to page 11.
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l Bread and Wheat Help Us Reflect on Who Jesus Is
(pages 6–7)
l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
l Have the young people complete the Attitudes feature on page 8 at home.
l Activity l Heaven (Visions Activity Book, Activity #12)
l Remind the young people to share their lesson with their families
and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Lord By Your Cross” (CD-1, #16)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l One Grain of Wheat Becomes Many (page 1) l Play/Drama l Jeremiah, the Prophet (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to the play/drama.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2) l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Like a Grain of Wheat (page 4) l Discuss the Talk questions related to the Gospel.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches
handbooks. Turn to page 11.
l Catholic Faith Word l Covenant (page 5) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l Activity l Heaven (Visions Activity Book, Activity #12)
l Activity l Bread and Wheat Help Us Reflect on Who Jesus Is
(pages 6–7)
l Attitudes l What is the best advice you have ever received? (page 8) l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
Remind the young people to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
           TG4-4
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       The NEW Gospel Weeklies
 People listening to Jesus’ story in this Sunday’s Gospel may not have known that Jesus was referring to himself when he talked about
a grain of wheat. But they would have understood that a grain of wheat must crack or break open before it can sprout— and how that one broken kernel grows into a plant that produces dozens more. Follow the journey of a kernel of wheat to understand more about how Jesus is a like a grain of wheat.
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Sprout Wheat grows everywhere in the world, from moderate temperatures to the tropics. It adapts to nearly every climate. How
do you keep going, even
in tough situations? Grow It takes about four months for a grain—or kernel—of wheat to grow into a mature plant. Assess the progress of your Lenten resolutions. Where can you improve?
Harvest U.S. farmers produce more than 2 billion bushels of wheat every year (there are about 36 bushels of wheat in a ton). Pray that everyone bene ts from this bounty—that farmers get a fair price and that all can eat the fruits of their labor.
Bake Wheat is the base of many of the most popular foods, including cereal, pasta, tortillas, and bagels. Donate a favorite food item this week,
One Grain of Wheat Becomes Many
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or make a treat for a friend or teacher.
Eat A family of four could live for 10 years from the bread that
is produced from the wheat grown on one acre! Attend Mass together as a family and then enjoy a meal together.


















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