December 10, 2006
Junior High Session
Opening Life Reflection
To help the young people explore the issue of trust and guidance, begin with a trust walk activity. Divide the large group into groups of two and provide one blind fold for each twosome. Create a path for the young people to travel down. Explain that each person will have a turn guiding his or her partner down the straight path. After the trust walk discuss:
Allow time for discussion. We can have confidence in God’s promise of salvation. The saving presence of God is among us. It is up to us to stay on the path that leads to life.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Baruch 5:1-9.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel today, listen to John the Baptist proclaim a baptism of repentance.
Read Luke 3:1-6.
• Where did John the Baptist come from?
The announcement made in the Old Testament reading today is cause for celebration. Jerusalem is told to take off the garment of sorrow and put on forever the beauty of the glory of God. We are given a sense of relief and excitement. It is time to rejoice in God’s promise of salvation.
In the Old Testament reading the people of Israel return to the holy city, Jerusalem, like royalty, robed in justice. Once in mourning and misery, Israel is now being led with joy in the light of the glory of God.
Cause for hope in the saving presence of God is also found in the gospel reading. In today’s gospel we are introduced to a most fascinating character, John the Baptist. In the wilderness John receives the word of God. And with total conviction and single-hearted determination, the prophet proclaims a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
The gospel writer quotes Isaiah 40:3-5 when describing the role of John the Baptist in preparing the way for Christ’s coming. This description of John the Baptist has us look forward to the coming of the Lord whom he announces.
The coming of Jesus is a saving event for all people. During the season of Advent we take to heart the message of John the Baptist—to make straight our path and prepare for the coming of the Lord.
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 watch and wait. We hope in the promise of salvation. The message of salvation, impressed upon us by the prophets, makes us who we are this Advent -- a people preparing for the day, hoping in God’s promise.
The Gospel in Life
Connecting to Faith First® Legacy Edition
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