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Make Your Love Known

What qualities do you believe are most important for Jesus' disciples?

How can you recognize a disciple of Jesus if you see one? How can others be sure that you are a follower of Jesus Christ? He gives us the answer to both questions in today's gospel: "This is how they will know you are my disciples: your love for one another."
For each of the following, describe how you can try to make your love known.

Love for your family ____________________________________________________________

Love for your friends ____________________________________________________________

Love for your neighbors ____________________________________________________________

Love for people who are hard to get along with __________________________________________

Pray: Jesus, help me be a more recognizable disciple!

Opening the Door of Faith

In the first reading we heard how God helped the apostles to "open the door of faith" for others. With God's help, we can do the same thing. Think of people you know who may be searching for the right "door" of faith. On a separate piece of paper, draw a door. Write on it, "Faith Door." On the door, write some ways in which you might help someone you know to discover God's love.

Suggestions: Invite the person to come with you to Mass or to a parish event; listen to his or her ideas or questions about the Catholic faith; be a loyal friend--actions speak louder than words!

Love One Another

Jesus gives us a new commandment: Love one another. Encourage the children to show love to others by making and sharing a snack. Provide each child with two slices of bread. Have him/her cut each slice of bread using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Provide various spreads for the bread, such as cream cheese, jelly, butter, and cheese. Invite another class to share this snack. Have each child give one of their hearts to a child in the other class. Let the children enjoy their snack together.

A Missionary Journey

Paul and Barnabas journeyed to many new places to share the good news of Jesus. Take the children on journey around the school so that they too can share the good news of Jesus. Select several classrooms to "journey" to. Upon arriving, sing the following song to the tune of Frere Jacques.

      Alleluia, Alleluia.
      Jesus lives, Jesus lives.
      He is the Son of God,
      Who came to free all people.
      Jesus lives, Jesus lives.








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