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Making a Choice

When did you first decide to follow Jesus?

Today's readings remind us that we have a choice to make between the "flesh" and the "spirit." If we imagine "flesh" as a person, we see someone who constantly looks for ways to do only what he or she wants to do, not what God wants. "Spirit" is someone who keeps right on following the call of the Lord.

Design masks and costumes for the characters of "Flesh" and "Spirit." Then write a few lines of dialogue in which each reveals his or her true nature.

Describe or draw a mask and a costume for "Flesh."
What would this character have to say when there is a choice to be made at home, at school, or among friends?

Describe or draw a mask and a costume for "Spirit."
What would this character have to say when there is a choice to be made at home, at school, or among friends?

You may want to write a play around a particular situation. Give the starring role toa human character. Then show how Flesh and Spirit try to influence that character. Show what happens when the human character follows Flesh and then changes to follow Spirit. (This is the happy ending!)

Close your play by inviting the audience to join you in a prayer:

Lord, help us to choose your way?and never look back! Amen.



Called to Freedom

Freedom includes responsibility. Being free to drive a car means being responsible to obey traffic laws. When we cease being responsible, we risk losing that freedom. In the case of irresponsible driving, this can have tragic consequences for ourselves or for someone else. Can you give some examples of this link between freedom and responsibility?

Many people think they know what freedom means and how to use it. Think for a moment what Jesus has told us about using our freedom as his followers. Complete the following statements about using freedom as you imagine Jesus would complete them.

1. When I am deciding how to spend my time or my money . . .

2. If a poor person asks me for help or a sick person needs someone to care . . .

3. If a friend tells me to do something against God's will . . .

4. When I feel that I can't be happy unless I have a certain possession . . .

Which statement would you choose to live this week?

A Path to Jesus

Make a path to Jesus (Prayer Space). Use masking tape to make a path around the classroom ending at the Prayer Space. Add a few strips of tape, "detouring" away from the path. Place cards at the intersections of the "detours" with choices such as: taking something that belongs to someone else, hitting others, lying, etc. Follow the masking tape path as a class. As you come to each "detour" read the card and ask the children if you should detour. When the path ends at the Prayer Space, offer the following prayer: "Jesus, help us each day to follow your path. Amen."

Follow Me

Sing the following song with the children to the tune of Frere Jacques.

Follow me, follow me,
Jesus says, Jesus says.
Love the Lord your God,
And love your neighbors, too.
Follow me, Jesus says.







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