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Share ExperiencesObjective The children will learn they are never too small to help.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1) to begin your class session.Gathering Prayer “Jesus, you were always kind and helpful to people in need. You show us how to give to people who need our help. Be with us as we learn to share with and help others.” The children respond, “Amen.”Story ● The Lion and the Mouse Move to the story circle. The children will sit in the circle and listen as you tell this story from Aesop’s Fables:One day, a lion was fast asleep in his den. Suddenly, he was awakened by a tiny mouse scampering over his nose. The lion was annoyed at being woken up. He roared a terrible roar and grabbed the mouse with his paw and shook him. The little mouse was terrified. “Please let me go,” he begged. “If you do, I will never forget your kindness. Someday, I will help you.” The thought of the tiny, little mouse ever being able to help a large, ferocious lion made the lion laugh out loud. The lion opened his big paw and let the tiny mouse go.Not long after that, the mouse was running through the long grass of the savanna. He ran right into the lion! The lion roared just as he had done the last time. But this time, the lion roared in fear. He had been caught in a hunter’s net.The mouse could see that no matter how hard the lion struggled, he could not free himself from the strong net. “I can help you,” the mouse said and began to gnaw away at the ropes with his sharp little teeth. Finally, he gnawed through the last rope and the lion was free.“There,” said the mouse. “You laughed when I promised I would help you someday, but you see, even a little friend may one day become a good friend.”Ask: Who has helped you out of a tough spot? Have you had a bike accident or tipped over a vase of flowers or damaged something in your home? Who helped you? How did being helped make you feel? Have you ever done something kind to help someone else? What did you do and how did it make you feel?Activity ● Creative Drama Recreate the story of The Lion and the Mouse and have the children play the parts. Halfof the children can be lions and half of the children can be mice. Read the story again slowly and encourage the children to squeak, roar, and generally act out.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will identify caring actions they can do.Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel ● Jesus shows us how to love. (page 1) Read or tell the following version of the Gospel:One day, Jesus’ friends asked him what it will be like at the end of the world. He told them this story: “When I come at the end of the world, I will gather everyone together. Then I will say to some of the people, ‘I want you to come and be with me and my Father and the Holy Spirit forever. When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me a drink. When I didn’t have any place to stay, you took me to your house. When I was sick, you visited me. When I didn’t have any clothes, you gave me some.’The people might be confused. They will say, ‘Jesus, when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we notice that you were thirsty and give you a drink? When did we invite you to our house? When did we visit you when you were sick? When did we give you some of our clothes to wear?’”Jesus smiled. “I have a really good answer to their questions. I will tell them that whenever they did any of these things for my brothers and sisters, it was the same as if they did it for me.”Jesus’ friends were glad to know this answer. “We have to be kind to others,” they said. “That is what Jesus wants.”Distribute Seeds and ask the children to look at the cover illustration. Read the title “Jesus shows us how to love.” Ask: How does this picture show an example of what Jesus was teaching us in the Gospel? Jesus is visiting a sick child. He has brought flowers, fruit, and a glass of water to the child. Jesus is showing us how to love—by doing everyday loving actions.Activity ● Stretch and Sing Play the song “Like Jesus” (CD-1, #6). Begin the song by gathering in a circle holding hands. Children circle on the first two lines, then drop hands and make the indicated gestures:The more we love each other, each other, each other, The more we love each other, like Jesus we’ll be.For Jesus is your friend. (point to another child)And Jesus is my friend. (point to self )The more we love each other, like Jesus we’ll be.(Children clasp hands again and raise them up.)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonTG2-10Jesus shows us how to love.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramNovember 26, 2017Feast of Christ the King

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