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Passing on the Gift

Who are the people who have helped you believe? Whom do you help?

"My peace I give to you," Jesus tells us today. But, like love, peace is a gift that must be given away. It is a gift our world sorely needs. How will you and your friends pass on the gift of peace that you have received from Christ?

On a separate piece of paper, draw four large circles. These are Circles of Peace. In one circle write One Person Alone. In another circle write Two Persons Together. In another circle write My Entire Parish. In another circle write My Entire Religion Group.

Then look carefully at each of the Works of Peace below. List each one in a circle that could most easily fulfill that work of peace. For example, the first work is prayer. One person alone can easily pray. Two persons can easily pray together. An entire parish can pray, and an entire religion group can pray. So "prayer" is a work of peace that can be included in each of the circles.

Works of Peace

  • prayer
  • fasting
  • study and teaching
  • writing letters
  • joining or forming an organization
  • fundraising
  • reconciliation efforts
  • use of the media (TV, radio, newspapers, the internet)
  • use of music and humor
What action or actions appeal to you? How can you make them a reality?

Drawing Revelation Symbols

Choose one of the following symbols from the Book of Revelation. Draw or write about it and explain what it means in your life
  • scroll
  • seven gold lampstands
  • heavenly throne or court
  • Lamb of God
  • lamp
  • white robes
  • shepherd
  • New Jerusalem
  • foundation stones
Suggestions: A scroll reminds us of God's word, which guides and encourages us A white robe reminds us of a baptismal garment and our call to service.
Note: Use your imagination! Be creative! There are no wrong answers!

The Gift of Peace

Jesus tells us in the gospel, "My peace I give to you." In a large gift box, place the word "Peace" written on construction paper. Wrap the box as a gift. Gather the children and explain that Jesus has given us a special gift. Unwrap the gift and show them the word "Peace." Explain to the children that we must take Jesus' gift of peace and share it with others. Ask the children to think of one way that they can share peace with their families at home. Have them write or illustrate this on paper. Give each child a small paper bag. Have them put their papers inside the bags. Seal and tie with a ribbon to resemble a gift. Encourage the children to bring these home to share "peace" with their families.

Give Peace a Hand

Write the word "peace" in large, bubble letters on poster board. Discuss with the children ways that they can share peace with others at school. Have the children agree to do one of these peace-sharing activities each day. As a symbol of their commitment to share peace, have each child place a painted handprint inside the bubble letters of the word peace. Display this for all to see.

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