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March 26, 2017 • 4th Sunday of LentSunday Readings: 1 Samuel 16.1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ephesians 5.8-14; John 9.1-41Teaching GuideOVERVIEWIn Sunday’s Gospel Jesus opens the eyes of a man who was born blind. The man’s neighbors and parents don’t share his happiness. They are worried about being connected to Jesus. But the man born blind stands up to them all and tells them that Jesus healed him. The children explore and celebrate the gift of seeing and their gift of faith in Jesus.MATERIALS: Markers, scissors, a picture book, blindfolds. SHARING LIFE STORIESOBJECTIVE: The children will appreciate their sense of sight.1. OPENING PRAYERdirections fast enough to confuse the children with the blindfolds. Ask these children to remove the blindfolds and tell how they felt.3. STORY: Do You See My Mother? Gather in a story circle and share this story with the children. You may recognize it as a modern version of a Russian folk story—This story happened near a big city park. A man came over to the police officer who was getting a hot dog at thecart near the park. “Excuse me,” the man said, “but I think there is someone over there who could use your help.” The police officer looked where the man was pointing. A little boy was sitting on a park bench and staring straight ahead. Big tears were rolling down his cheeks. “Thank you,” the officer said to the man. “I’ll see what’s wrong.” He walked to the bench. “May I sit down?” he asked the boy. The boy looked up and nodded. “What’s wrong?” the officer asked. “My mom is lost,” the boy said. “When did she get lost?” the officer asked. “A little while ago, right at that corner.” The boy pointed to a busy street corner. “I’ll stay here with you until she finds you again,” the officer said. “Tell me what your mom looks like.” The boy smiled. “She is very beautiful. She is the most beautiful mom in the world.” The officer nodded. Then he pointed at a lady who was rushing across the street toward them. She wore a fur coat and fur hat and had long blonde hair. “That lady is beautiful,” the officer said. “Is that your mother?” “No,” the boy said. “My mother doesn’t have long hair like that. My mother is beautiful.” Another lady came toward the bench. She wore a bright orange dressthat reached to the ground. It had a green sash. She wore a bright green turban on her head. “That’s a beautiful lady,” the officer said. “Is that your mother?” “No,” the boy said. “My mother doesn’t wear long dresses like that. But my mother is very beautiful.” Just then the officer and the little boy heard a voice calling, “Ben! Ben!” They looked up. Across the street a lady was jumping up and down and waving with both arms. The traffic light was red so she couldn’t run across the street. “That’s my mom!” the little boy said. The light turned green, and the woman rushed across the street. The boy ran to her. She picked him up and held him tight. “Is this your son?”the police officer asked. “Yes,” the woman said. “We were waiting at this corner to cross the street when he disappeared. I was so worried.” “Me, too,” said the little boy. The officer looked at the mom. She was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. She had short gray hair. Her eyes were red from crying, but she was smiling now as she hugged her son. The officer said to Ben, “You are right, Ben. Your mother is the most beautiful mother in the world.”Ask: Do you think Ben’s mom is beautiful? What does Ben see when he looks at his mom? What did the police officer see? Why did the police officer agree with Ben?4. STRETCH AND SING: I Have Two Eyes Teach the children the following song to the tune of “Old MacDonald” and invite them to make up actions—WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHESWPage 29, Prayers for You to Know You have been praying with the children in every Promise session. They have also made prayer booklets and used the common prayers of the Church. Have them use their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks today to find the words to the Sign of the Cross and other prayers they should know. Begin class by making the Sign of the Cross together and reading one of the prayers. Over the remaining time in your Promise year, review all the prayers on this page and the next.2. COVER ACTIVITY: I can see Gather the children in the work area. Distribute Promise. Have children look at the cover illustration, describe the scene, and name the objects they see. Then play the following game with them: Say, “I see one bed,” and have the children find the bed in the illustration; continue the game by calling out, “I see...two children, three books, four pictures that aren’t in the books, five teddy bears, six shoes, seven balls, eight train cars, nine hats, and ten crayons.” Give the children time to find the people or objects on their own and count them. Repeat the game in descending order.Reflect with the children about how they had to look closely to find all the objects. Ask: How could you have played the game if you were blind? What would you miss seeing most if you were blind? How do you think a person who can’t see feels? Hand out blindfolds. Explain that they will use the blindfolds to help them understand what it feels like to be blind. Put blindfolds on half of the class. Tell them that if they peek or look under the blindfolds, they will not be able to understand what it feels like to be blind.Show a picture book to the children who can see. Talk about the illustrations. Have the children wearing the blindfolds remove them and tell how they felt when they could hear about thebook but could not see it. Then, put blindfolds on the other half of the class and ask everyone to stand. Tell the class to facethe windows, face the door, face the board, face a friend, givingTG4-8

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