By the end of the lesson students are challenged to:
- identify the ways we can model our lives on Jesus.
- explain that being a follower of Jesus means continuing God’s mission as Jesus did;
- recognise that the work of Catholic Mission is one way God’s mission continues in the world.
That students will begin to understand that all Christians are called to continue God’s mission based on the model of Jesus, that the work of Catholic Mission continues the mission of Jesus, and that all around the world, there are situations of need that we can influence directly and indirectly as part of God’s mission based on the model of Jesus.
Visuals: “Life to the Full video” click here
Literature: Harriet’s story from Uganda click here
Worksheets: Read and Respond activities
Talk about Pope Francis
What did Jesus say?
For worksheets and activities click here
Scripture: Jn 10:10 “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
Step 1 (suggested time 6 min)
Explain to students that this lesson is special because it links them to a celebration that is taking place in every country in which the Church is present around the world – World Mission Day (WMD). WMD is part of World Mission Month and is celebrated every year in every country wherever Christians are committed to bringing about God’s Kingdom here on earth. This is a commitment to create a world where every single person’s dignity and worth is recognised and protected because we are all brothers and sisters made in the image of God. In Australia, Catholic Mission shares the good news about WMD and about the ways they help to continue the mission of Jesus today, all around the world.
Catholic Mission encourages all students to truly live our lives as Jesus challenges us, as people who put our faith into action:
Ask the students: What does the phrase “life to the full” mean?
- How do we live a full life?
- What do we need to live a full life?
- What are some reasons why there are people in the world who are unable to live a full life?
Step 2 (suggested time 12 min)
- Show the “Life to the Full” video which is about children living in Uganda. There are children like Harriet in this story who can access health care at St Luke’s Health Centre run by Sr Mary Goretti and the Daughters of Mary. Harriet travels on foot four hours from home and back each day to go to school due to lack of transport. As the community in Bujuni Uganda has little money and resources they face challenges concerning health, education and hygiene. Catholic Mission is working in partnership with St Mary Goretti and the Daughters of Mary to provide improved health opportunities for mothers, babies and children of Bujuni and surrounding areas.
- Watch the video and/or read the story with the students.
- Use the Read and Respond worksheet activities click here
- Explain that they may choose any of the activities to explore Harriet’s story and that they may use the text to check their understanding or clarify facts and details.
Main idea questions
- What is life like for children like Harriet?
- How have Catholic Mission, in partnership with Sr Mary Goretti at St Luke’s Health Centre, changed their life?
Facts and details questions
- What do you think is the hardest part of these children’s lives?
- What makes Harriet’s life different from yours?
- What makes Harriet’s life similar to yours?
- How is Catholic Mission helping?
- Who is Sister Mary Goretti? How does she help mothers, babies and children?
- What would a day-in-the-life look like for children like Harriet?
Deeper thinking prompts
- How did you feel when you watched the video/read the story?
- What parts of the children’s lives were like yours?
- What would it be like to walk to school and back for four hours each day?
- How does Harriet’s classroom differ from yours? What does this have to do with living a full life?
- How does Sister Mary Goretti follow Jesus’ mission?
- Why does Sister Mary Goretti do this work? What’s her motivation?
- How can we play our part so that ALL people here and overseas can “have life and have it to the full”
Step 3 (suggested time 12 min)
Prepare to read the Scriptures using your normal routine with the students.
Read Jn 10; 7,9-10,14-16 (NISV)
- How does a shepherd look after their sheep? Why does Jesus use this example?
- If Jesus was talking today – what examples might he use to describe God’s love for us?
- Name some ways we can use this teaching of Jesus in our own lives? For example, how do I look after my friends, my parents, my family?
- What other stories does Jesus use to show God’s love for us? What other stories does Jesus use to show how we should look after each other?
- How do we live lives that are “full”? How do we ensure that ALL people have this same opportunity?
- How is Catholic Mission living the same mission that Jesus called us to live, in these communities?
- How are we called to act as followers of Jesus?
Towards the end of the lesson invite the students to make the Sign of the Cross and pray with you.
Loving God, we give thanks for Jesus who became one of us and trusted us to continue his mission. We pray for all those who continue this mission and pray that we too, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, will be people who bring your good news into the world.