February 15th, 2015 (see other dates)
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Discussion Questions for Reading 1Do you know of any diseases in today's world that some people think mark others as "unclean?" How should we as followers of Jesus the Healer respond to people with AIDS, leprosy, and other disfiguring diseases?
Many sick or physically disadvantaged people are hidden from our daily view because they are in nursing homes and hospitals. How will you show the love of Jesus to these people? What can you do to involve others in serving the sick?
Reading 1 1 Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Reading 1 ReflectionDuring the time of Moses, people believed they could get leprosy and other similar diseases just by being near people who had such skin disorders. Therefore, it was the custom to send these people away from their homes and villages to live. They even had to identify themselves as "Unclean, unclean" to warn others to stay away from them.
The suffering that the afflicted people endured from their diseases was compounded by the suffering of being separated from their families and friends.
Discussion Questions for Reading 2Imagine that tomorrow, from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep at night, you are going to do everything for the honor and glory of God. Describe or mime how you would eat and drink. How would you do your household chores, schoolwork, athletics, dance, or music lessons? Would you watch TV any differently than you do now? Why or why not?
Reading 2 1 Corinthians 10:31?11:1
Reading 2 ReflectionIn this reading Paul is very specific about how we should do everything for the honor and glory of God. Even simple daily acts like eating and drinking can be done in awareness of God's presence and with gratitude for God's blessings. Paul advises us to give no offense to anyone and to please others by placing their needs before our own whenever possible. When we do these things, we are imitating Christ as Paul did.
Discussion Questions for GospelWhen you feel especially blessed by God, what do you do about it? How do you share your feelings about your experiences of God's love and his healing power?
When you see people in terrible need on TV newscasts or in the newspapers, are you moved with pity for them? What do you do about it?
Gospel Mark 1:40-45
Gospel ReflectionToday's story describes a man who is so excited and happy that he has to tell everyone he meets what has happened to him. The man with leprosy firmly believed that Jesus could cure him and he begged Jesus to do so. Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand, touched the afflicted man, and said, "Be cured." And the man's deformities were immediately healed.
Although Jesus instructed him to speak only to the priest about his cure, the man could not restrain himself. He told so many people that Jesus had to retreat to the desert to avoid the crowds who followed him everywhere.
Proclaiming Faith Activities for Primary Grades
Imitators of ChristIn the second reading, Paul tells us that he tries to imitate Christ, and we should do the same. Play an imitation game with the children. Have all the children stand up. Give commands such as, "You are like Jesus when you smile at the person next to you." Have the children do the action when it is preceded with "You are like Jesus." Include some commands without these words, such as fight with your friend. Remind the children not to do these things because Christ would not want them to. Some other suggested actions include: shake your neighbors hand, say a prayer of thanks, help your friend, share your toys.
A Good News Wind SockIn the gospel, the leper who is healed by Jesus spreads the good news of his healing. Make a good news wind sock. Print on a paper gift bag the words "GOOD NEWS." Give each child a crepe-paper streamer, about 12 inches long. Encourage the children to share something good that has happened to them that day. After sharing, attach that child's streamer to the outside bottom of the gift bag. After all the children's streamers are attached, use the handles of the gift bag to wave the "wind sock" over all the children, saying, "Our class is filled with good news." Display the wind sock in the prayer space.
Proclaiming Faith Activities
Sending Up GratitudeReflect on one blessing you really want to thank God for giving you. Write a short expression of gratitude on a helium balloon, a kite, or a pennant that can be hung from a window, a tree branch, a porch, or a flagpole.
Share with others what God has done for you. Encourage others to be grateful by your example.
Connecting with the SickAs a family, a class, or a group of friends, decide on one meaningful way to connect with patients in hospitals or nursing homes.
Contact area health facilities to find out where the greatest
needs are and how best to connect with individual patients.
Agree on a plan of action and fill in the blanks below.
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