February 22, 2022; class # 20 (Luke 6:27-38)
Textbook lesson # 5: What is the Church? (page 51)
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Let’s begin with the Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your faithful. Light the fire of your love in them. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

We are still in Ordinary Time, and the priest was wearing a green chasuble on Sunday. Keep watching, because it will change colors soon.

GOSPEL: At Mass this weekend, the Gospel reading was from the Gospel of Luke. It’s a continuation of Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. We began reading the Sermon on the Plain last week. Remember that Jesus had recruited 12 Apostles, and he would preach in open areas where people would come to hear him. The Sermon on the Plain was one sermon, but we’ll take three weeks to hear the entire sermon. Last week, we read about Jesus saying, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.” We’ll read more of what Jesus said in the sermon today, and even more next week. It was a long sermon, and Fr. Giese or Fr. Hammond will be talking about it for three Sundays in a row. Today, we’ll read from the 2nd part of Jesus’ sermon. It’s in your children’s bulletin.

Blessings and Woes

Jesus gave the crowd some important instructions:
"Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who curse you.
Pray for those who mistreat you."

Jesus gave the people another important instruction.
"Do to others as you would have them do to you."
Another name for this instruction is "The Golden Rule."

At the end, what did Jesus say we should do?
"Be merciful, just as your father is merciful."

Jesus continued His teaching:
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

ASK: What do you think?

ART: Jesus told people, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” We call that “The Golden Rule.” The artist Norman Rockwell made a painting about The Golden Rule. He painted this in 1961, when I was 11 years old. The painting was put on the cover of a magazine. The magazine was printed every week and delivered to many people in their mail boxes. It was a time many years before the internet, and not everyone even watched TV regularly, and the televisions that most people had showed things only in black and white and gray -- not in color. People would get their news in newspapers, and they would read longer stories in magazines. That meant that pictures that were on the fronts of magazines were important, and many people would see them. The painting was published in a magazine called “The Saturday Evening Post,” and most people in the USA in 1961 would have seen this painting soon after it was published in the magazine.

Most of the people in the painting were real people whom the artist knew. The woman in the green dress was the artist’s wife, and the baby that she’s holding is her grandson. In real life, she died a few weeks before the baby was born, two years before the artist made this painting. But in the painting, the artist has her holding their grandchild. The painting shows people from around the world, dressed differently, with different colored skin. The people would have spoken different languages. We see people holding things and wearing things that suggest that they have different religions. They are all God’s children, and Jesus’ message is, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

SNACK: Remember our prayer before meals? Join in if you can.
Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[crackers, cheese, & juice]

Brother Francis video (# 25): What Are the Virtues?

[7-minute video by "Adventure Catechism."]

Faith, Hope, Charity, Justice, Prudence, Fortitude, Temperance

TEXTBOOK: This week we’ll do Lesson # 5. It begins on page 51. The lesson is called, "What is the Church?" So, let's turn to page 111. [Read all. Do activities on p. 52 and p. 55, and “Show what you know” on page 57.]

SAINT FEATURED IN CHAPTER: Your textbook has a little paragraph about Saint Andrew on page 57:
Andrew was a fisherman. He became a disciple of St. John the Baptist. That means that Andrew was listening to the teachings of St. John the Baptist. Then, after Andrew meet Jesus, Andrew told his brother Simon Peter, "We have found the Messiah." Because Andrew was the first to see Jesus as the Messiah, St. Andrew is called the "First-Called." He converted many people to be followers of Jesus Christ. Because of that, Andrew was arrested and crucified head downward on a cross that was in the shape of an "X." Saint Andrew often is shown in art with fish -- because he was a fisherman -- and with a cross in the shape of an “X.” There is a coloring page for St. Andrew included in the saints pages that you got for Christmas.


Find the Virtues:
Faith, Hope, Charity, Justice, Prudence, Fortitude, Temperance

CLOSING PRAYERS: Time to say good bye. :-) [Distribute Our Father and Hail Mary sheets.] We'll begin with the Our Father. You know the words. Read them as we all say them; reading will help you to remember. And then we'll say the Hail Mary; read it, and you will soon know it by heart:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come; thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, please defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke the devil, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.