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For Catechists and TeachersEnding One Church Year...Unit 2 begins with the final two weeks of Ordinary Time. In its first two lessons, we hear parables that envision who Christians can be individually and together.We first hear the Parable of the Talents. God entrusts each of us with life and unique talents to develop and use. God also entrusts us with the capacity to respect and treat one another with kindness.In the Gospel for the Feast of Christ the King, Jesus welcomes into God’s kingdom all who have lived the Works of Mercy, saying, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). Jesus identifies with the least among us. We learn that what we do for others, we do for Christ....Beginning AnotherThe Sundays of Advent prepare Christians to celebrate the coming of God among us at Jesus’ birth, the Incarnation. The doctrine of the Incarnation teaches that Jesus is both divine and human. But Jesus lived in time, on the earth, and had a body. His parents loved him, cared for him, prayed and played with him, and helped him grow into a loving and just adult. He belonged to the family of the human race. That makes us all brothers and sisters to Jesus and to one another.The Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Advent begins where the Gospels of the final Sundays of the Church year end—by looking at the ultimate impact of Jesus’ life, Death, and Resurrection, and the culmination of all things in him at the Second Coming. “Be watchful! Be alert!” Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel in a parable about servants who do not know when their master will return.The other Gospels of Advent feature John the Baptist’s preaching and the longing of Israel’s people for the promised Messiah. As we hear John urge the people of his time to turn to God, we hear our call to make time and space in our busyness to live the spirit of Christmas.This unit also belongs to Mary and features a picture story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and theGospels of the Annunciation andChristmas. Epiphany celebratesthe revelation of the Jewish Messiah to all the peoples of the world.Unit 2 concludes with areturn to Ordinary Time andthe importance of listeningand responding to Jesus’ call to become his friends and followers.Date/SundaySunday GospelsCreedSacraments & LiturgyNovember 19, 201733rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 25:14–30 TalentsGod gives us talents (#941)CommunityNovember 26, 2017 Feast of Christ the KingMatthew 25:31–46 Works of MercyGod judges us on love (#678, 682)Eucharist is thanksgiving; Church is Body of ChristDecember 3, 2017 1st Sunday of AdventMark 13:33–37 Be Alert!Jesus promises to come again (#681–82)Advent calendar; Church seasonsDecember 10, 2017 2nd Sunday of AdventMark 1:1–8Jesus Is Good NewsThe liturgy makes Jesus present among us (#780, 1073–74)Celebrating Advent; sacramental— candles; feast days of saintsDecember 17, 2017 3rd Sunday of AdventJohn 1:6–8, 19–28John the Baptist Prepares for JesusGod sent Jesus, our Savior (#744)Celebrating AdventDecember 24, 2017 4th Sunday of AdventLuke 1:26–38 Mary’s Yes to GodJesus is human and divine (#483)Celebrating AdventDecember 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 Christmas and EpiphanyLuke 2:1–14 Jesus Is Born and Matthew 2:1–12 Visit of the MagiJesus is born in Bethlehem (#525); Jesus comes for all people (#528)Celebrating Christmas and EpiphanyJanuary 14, 20182nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeJohn 1:35–42Jesus Calls FollowersJesus gathers a community (#752, 805)Church community; BaptismImprimatur: =Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, July 22, 2017.TG2-2PROMISE Teaching Guide (supplement to Pflaum Gospel Weeklies) copyright © 2017 by Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption. Editorial Director: David Dziena, Editor: Joan McKamey, Designer: Mary Jean Jones. Page TG1-2 art: © Bayard, Inc. – Illustration: Jim Burrows. Printed in the USA. Material in this supplement may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form or format without special permission from the publisher.

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