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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 listens to the faith of the blind man. The blind man is rewarded with the gift of sight. Like the blind man, the children meet Jesus, too. They meet him in the Sunday assembly, where Christians have from the beginning found him, where he gathers with us and continues to speak to us in the words of the Gospel and in the breaking of bread and the pouring out of wine—signs of his self-giving lovefor us. Litugical catechesis calls young children not only to knowledge about Jesus but to conversion—to openness to Jesus speaking to them. The deepest purpose of Seeds lies in awakening young children to grateful awareness that they live their life stories within God’s story of creation and salvation.Young children continually identify objects in their environment. They have a great need to know “what” is that. This issue of Seeds helps children appreciate the gift of sight. It helps them understand the joy of the blind man when Jesus gives him sight.MATERIALS: Crayons, pencils, Seeds music CD, CD player, puppet, animal crackers.SHARING LIFE STORIESOBJECTIVE: The children will appreciate their gift of sight.1. SINGING Gather the children in the story circle and sing “This Little Light of Mine” to begin class. The words and music are on the Seeds music CD, but most children will already know the song by heart. You may wish to add these gestures. Have the children put their heads down on their chests with their arms cradled over their heads for the first words of the song. On the words, “I’m gonna let it shine,” have them raise their heads and thrust their arms out to their sides and upward, like the sun’s rays. You and the children can make up different gestures for successive verses.2. OPENING PRAYER Ask the children to fold their hands as you say the following prayer. They answer, “Amen.”Dear God, help me to listen to the story of Jesus today. Help me to say thank you for my eyes that can see this wonderful world and everyone in it.3. GOSPEL STORY WARM-UP Use a puppet to call each child by name, saying, “I see that John is here today.” The child stands and says, “I am here today.” When finished, ask the children how the puppet knew they were here. How could the puppet know one child from another? Bring out the things the puppet could see to tell the children apart. Play a “sight” game with the children. A child says: I see something in this room. Other children ask questions until someone guesses what it is.4. STRETCH AND SING Ask the children to stand and follow you in this familiar song and stretching exercise—Did you ever see a lassie, a lassie, a lassie,Did you ever see a lassie go this way and that?Go this way and that way, go this way and that way? Did you ever see a lassie go this way and that?One child is chosen to do a movement on “this way and that.” The rest of the children do the movement with him or her. When the leader is a girl, sing “lassie”; when it is a boy, sing “laddie.”5. STORY: How Grandma Saw Tell the children this story about a little boy who stayed with his grandma every day while his mom went to work—“Grandma, can we go to the park?” Charlie asked. “Charlie, I know you hate to stay inside all day,” Grandma said, “but my eyes are getting old. I can’t see well enough to get down the stairs and to walk the three blocks to the park.” Charlie said, “I can see fine, Grandma. I’ll be your eyes. Let’s try it.” Grandma and Charlie got their coats and some money for ice cream. While Grandma locked her apartment door, Charlie checked out the stairs. “Take my arm, Grandma,” Charlie said. “This first step has got some loose carpet. Be careful.” Together Charlie and Grandma walked down the two flights of stairs. When they got to the lobby, Charlie told Grandma there were three steps down to the front door. Grandma and Charlie counted together, “One, two, three.” When they got outside, Charlie saw a lady waving at them. “Mrs. Foster is waving at you,” Charlie told Grandma. “Good morning, Mrs. Foster,” Grandma called out. “What a fine young man you have to take you walking,” said Mrs. Foster. “Charlie is going to be my eyes today,” Grandma said. And Grandma and Charlie set off toward the park.Ask: How did Charlie help Grandma see? What other ways do you think Charlie helped Grandma on their way to the park? After they got there?LISTENING TO THE GOSPELOBJECTIVE: The children will understand the joy of the blind man when Jesus healed him.6. GOSPEL STORYTELLING: Jesus heals a blind manGather the children in the story circle. Distribute Seeds and ask them to describe the cover illustration to you. Jesus is rubbing something on the eyes of a man. Tell the children this story is about what Jesus is doing for the man—Once there was a man born blind. He had never seen this beautiful world, not the flowers, not the moon, not even the sun. He had never seen the faces of the people he loved. One day when the blind man was sitting by the road, Jesus and his followers came by. Jesus loved the blind man. He went up and talked to him. Jesus decided to help the man see. So he spat on the ground to make a little mud. He put this mud onTG4-8

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