December 3, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
Make a Manger with hay. Provide a small box for each child and a bag of straw, hay or cut pieces of raffia. Provide markers, stickers, etc. and allow the children to decorate their manger. Ask the children to wait for direction before putting the pieces of straw in the manger.
Explain to the children that each time they do something helpful and good they can put one piece of straw into the manger. This will help them get ready for the coming of Jesus. They can bring the manger and straw home so that they can have it ready for Jesus by Christmas day. Suggest that they can use a small doll or make a baby Jesus at home with their family. Discuss:
• What are some good and helpful things that you can do to get ready for the coming of Jesus?
Have each of the children put a piece of straw in their manger for coming to today’s session.
The season of Advent offers time to get ready to celebrate the coming of Jesus. Not only do we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus long ago, we also look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus when the fullness of the kingdom of God will come to earth.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.
Scripture Discussion Starters
The gospel today tells us how to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. Be on guard. In all our actions we ought to think of what is best for God, others and ourselves. Be alert. Remember to put God first before all things. Be prayerful. Spend time in prayer and conversation with Jesus.
On this First Sunday of Advent we are reminded to look forward to the Second Coming of Christ with excitement and hope. The season of Advent provides time for us to reflect on how we are getting ready for the coming of Christ.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
[If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.]
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
During the season of Advent we look forward to the end of time when the reign of God will be fully established on earth. Catholics believe that we have a responsibility to work for justice and peace at the present time in cooperation with the grace of God in order to help bring about the kingdom of God.
• What do you think it will be like when the kingdom of God is fully established on earth?
The Gospel in Life
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