Whom do you consider a prophet today? How do you honor today’s prophets?
With your group, make large paper bag or other masks to be worn in role playing skits. Make several masks for the people who refuse to accept either Ezekiel or Jesus. Then design masks for the prophet and the Son of God.
Role Playing ScenesDecide with your group to do one of the following role playing scenes:
1) Ezekiel attempts to deliver God's message of repentance to the Isrealites.
2) Jesus attempts to preach and heal in Nazareth.
3) A young Christian tries to persuade several gang members to turn away from violence.
Wearing the masks from the first activity, act out these scenes for the other groups.
The Power of Christ Dwells in UsIn the second reading, Paul tells us that the power of Christ dwells within each of us. Make a bulletin board to illustrate this point. Cover the bulletin board with black paper and write the words, "The Power of Christ Dwells in Us" across the top. Attach an outlet cover to the bulletin board. Write the word, "Christ" on this outlet cover. Draw a plug and attach a long string to this. Put this across the bulletin board with the plug going into the outlet. Reproduce the light bulb pattern on tag board and have the children trace it and cut it out. Have them write their names on the lights and color if desired. Attach these lights to the string on the bulletin board.
We Welcome JesusIn today's gospel, Mark tells us that when Jesus went to his home of Nazareth, people did not accept him or welcome his message.
We don't want to be like this; we want to always welcome Jesus into our lives. Give each child a large piece of construction paper. Provide various craft materials, stickers, markers, crayons, etc. Encourage the children to decorate their construction paper and make it look like a welcome mat. Have the children bring their welcome mats home and put them by the doors to their rooms to always welcome Jesus.