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Chapter 7 God Promises a Savior CHAPTER SUMMARY PREPARING OUR HEARTS Everything in the Garden of Eden was perfect before the Fall One of the themes we find repeated most often in Scripture is of Adam and Eve. They lived in an intimate relationship with the mercy of God. It is easy to let our sins become an excuse God and in harmony within themselves, with each other, and for not drawing near to Him or receiving His gifts. Perhaps we with all of creation. The Devil tempted Adam and Eve not feel we are not good enough or that God is disappointed in us to trust that God loved them. They used their free will to because of our failings. It is clear from the story of salvation that disobey God and committed the first sin of mankind. There what frustrates a healthy relationship with God is not that we were many consequences: they broke their friendship with sin but rather that we sin and then distance ourselves from God God, and they were no longer able to love perfectly or live instead of running to Him for help, asking for His forgiveness in harmony with each other or with the rest of creation (see and mercy. Slowly read the following psalm and reflect upon CCC 376, 379). But God continued to love Adam and Eve God’s abundant kindness toward sinners: and wanted to repair the broken relationship. After Adam and Eve disobeyed, God was merciful and promised to send Bless the Lord, O my soul; a Savior. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, who comes to  and all that is within me, bless his holy name! repair this broken relationship and teach us how to love God Bless the Lord, O my soul, and one another. God loves us and will always forgive us if  and forget not all his benefits, we are sorry. who forgives all your iniquity,  who heals all your diseases, CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (CCC ) who redeems your life from the Pit, REFERENCES  who crowns you with mercy and compassion, who satisfies you with good as long as you live Purpose of creation: 294  so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. . . . Fall of the angels: 391–93 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Original Sin: 396–97, 400  slow to anger and abounding in mercy. (Psalm 103:1–5, 8) Promise of a Savior: 410–11 When is a time that you recall experiencing God’s mercy? How did you feel? When have you shown mercy to others? Why is it sometimes difficult to ask God for mercy? How does knowing that God can heal and forgive any sin help us have a healthy relationship with Him? UUnniitt21, Chapter 71 85


Chapter 7: Lesson 1: Lesson 2: Lesson 3: Lesson 4: Lesson 5: God Promises a Let’s Learn about Choices Our Savior Jesus Forgives Let’s Remember Savior God’s Word: Our Faith Genesis 3:1–15 Activities • Adam and Eve’s • Obeying God • God Promised to • Catholic ABCs • Look Out for That (Materials needed Sad Choice Makes Us Happy! Send a Savior Snake! for the Optional Activities can be • Optional: Say Yes • Optional: • Optional: The • Optional: “The found on page 98 of to God! Forgiveness Road to the Story of God’s the Teacher Manual.) Chain Savior Love” Booklet Chapter Aims • Students will recognize Adam and Eve’s disobedience as the first sin. • Students will begin to understand that sin breaks our relationship with God. Preparation • Students will understand that God is willing to forgive us no matter what we do. Let’s Prepare • Students will understand that God loves us so much that He promised a Savior to save us from sin. Our Hearts • Students will practice saying sorry when they hurt others. Proclamation Opening Prayer in Lectio Divina: Scripted Prayer Sacred Art: Let the Opening Prayer in Let’s Proclaim the Student Text Psalm 51:1  V Little Children Come Student Text Good News unto Me, Carl Explanation Christian Vogel von Let’s Learn about Vogelstein  V Our Faith God promises to send us a Savior. Focus: Adam and Focus: Through the Focus: God Focus: God always Chapter Review Eve made a choice first sin, Adam and promised to send a forgives us if we are not to listen to God, Eve disobeyed God Savior after Adam sorry.  V and they disobeyed and hurt their and Eve disobeyed. the instruction that relationship with God still loved He had given them. Him and each other. Adam and Eve, even As a consequence, They became very after they they had to leave unhappy because disobeyed Him. the garden and their they were no longer loving friendship close to God. with God was broken. Application Obeying Quickly Consequences of Our Holy Friends: Small Wonders  V Saying “I’m Sorry” Let’s Live Our Faith and Happily Making Good or Eve and “I Forgive You” Bad Choices Celebration Scripted Prayer; Let’s Celebrate Unit Prayer: Our Scripted Prayer; Our Father Scripted Prayer; Closing Prayer in Our Faith Father (through “Thy Our Father Our Father Student Text; kingdom come”); Our Father Our Father 86 Unit 2, Chapter 7


Chapter 7 a Savior • Let’s point to ourselves when we say “on me.” God Promises • In the other Bible verses that we learned, what did we do when we said the word “God”? (We pointed up.) Let’s point Family “Have mercy on me, O God.” up when we say “O God.”  . (Psalm 51:1) • Let’s practice together: (fold your hands) “Have mercy (point  . (Souls.) to yourselves) on me, (point up) O God.” ility to know, love, and Him. LDYHceoeehveuatoelp’rinsacGunewPsdoshr.dsleaHoh, nyvtoehewlwpaYneouokumsuYr.kaolPnkouolevewefabosfartoehdaralhclYtoehoYwlopuoiinucwugessisttuht.irlsAluoltsmouotvreYkenon.uousw., Let’s Prepare Our Hearts n so that we could .) g situations show n the playground Prayer ngs Let’s Proclaim Read the Opening Prayer on page 49 of the Student Text. Begin and end the Good News with the Sign of the Cross. ies God promises to send us a Savior. Dear God, thank You for allowing us to know and love You. o do as a family: Please help us trust You. Help us show our love for You with our y. choices. Help us know that You still love us, even when we make ew in your school bad choices. Amen. omeone who is sick. lp. story as a family by Our bad choices hurt ers our relationship with God and others. al. Chapter 7 49 Review Chapter 6 God created man and woman in His  . (Image and likeness.) Optional Preparation Activities We are created with bodies and  . (Souls.) Prepare Our Hearts Song What do we have that gives us the ability to know, love, and make choices? (Souls.) “Say a Prayer” God created us so that we can know and Him. (Love.) (Sung to the tune of “London Bridge”) Did God create us as men and women so that we could be happy We fold our hands and say a prayer, and love like He loves? (Yes.) Say a prayer, Say a prayer, Introduction Fold our hands and say a prayer. Let’s talk to God. Turn to page 49 of the Student Text. Bible Fun! Activity Have you ever made a bad choice? (Pause.) When we make a bad choice, we hurt our relationship with God and others. Read God’s Word and then teach the motions below to help the students learn the verse. This can be done at the beginning of When we make a bad choice, we need someone to help us or each lesson to help them prepare their minds and hearts to hear save us, don’t we? (Pause.) God’s Word. • The Bible verse we are learning in this chapter is the following: “Have mercy on me, O God” (Psalm 51:1). • When God has mercy on us, He loves us even though we sometimes do not do what is right. (Ask the students to stand.) Let’s fold our hands like we are praying to God to have mercy on us when we say “Have mercy.” Unit 2, Chapter 7 87


Learn about ChoA siecrpeesnt (direct students to find the snake) came and lied to Eve and God’s Word AdamtoaldndheErvtehat she shouldn’t listen to God. The serpent tricked Eve into dthiseofbtetihhreaseeyttimmensdginelikG.fareStooiinmGndgobitnfdhrro.oeEkmtevreetheryetthhtreienyegwwtehoreeuslfdeorbrpbreiindngdt esthnaeidtmowehaaastpfaproilnimee..sTshaendsewrpoeunldt told Adam and Eve chose make not to trust God. They disobeyed Him. They their friendship with had to leave the garden. GfrioedndEt.hdvoSesenihnfedripuibwsirowtroobwiktneehitgyhete,haaAdencdGihdraomtdh.eaHynedwaaettreeeittvhetoeroyf.rsuIamitdmf.roemdiathteelyt,rethee, yankdnethwetnheshyehashdared They became sad. other. (Based on Genesis 3:1–15) Their loving friendship with God was broken. (Direct students to see the ALcoadomkaeamftirtshta?enSpeidcctouEnredvs?eoT’fshAirSddaa?mWdariCntedhtEhoveiecn. uWemhbicehrspiicntuthree unhappiness of Adam and Eve in the picture.) Adam and Eve were cast boxes. ODltihsrbteaeodATwyenhuidsdyeaetaoiddyiomlbinntfnloeeioatgsyGhtnttoeeGloGdisndhoGtoE.eeodaDvnwdd,r.erdawAtMowaedetantaaehsmokliefinnrfaeo.elnEisAmedtdodUEeothavnhfsoem,etwhfaHeoaentlhnntadsewedpeythrthEpferpeeveynleetye!tnwhwcteehovieyenmenrsenmtenaiatoftdtteehdorafGtphoopebdyefityaroisnnltdygsmtiGhnoeo;rmndeo.. nwWohttheteoni.rwe friendship with God was broken. 1 2 Even though Adam and Eve disobeyed God and their friendship with Him was broken, God still loved them. God is loving and merciful, which means that He showed kindness and forgave them, even though they committed a sin. After that, He even made a promise to Adam and Eve. 3 • Did Adam and Eve listen to God’s command not to eat from the one tree, or did they listenChtaopttehr 7e, Lelisesono2f t5h1e Devil? (They 50 Chapter 7, Lesson 1 listened to the lie of the Devil.) • If we do or say something that hurts our relationship with God or others, we commit a sin. Let’s Proclaim the Good News • When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they committed the first sin. Let’s quiet our hearts and minds to hear the truth we believe: • This was a very sad day because now their friendship with God was broken, and they were sent out of the beautiful garden. God promises to send us a Savior. • Even though Adam and Eve disobeyed God and their friendship was broken, God still loved them. Let’s Learn about God’s Word • God is loving and merciful, and He soon made a promise to Adam and Eve after they sinned. Lesson 1 Focus: Adam and Eve made a choice not to listen to God, Conclusion: Adam and Eve disobeyed God by choosing to eat from the and they disobeyed the instruction that He had given them. As a tree from which God told them not to eat. This was the first sin. consequence, they had to leave the garden and their loving friendship with God was broken. Let’s Live Our Faith Scripture Paraphrase: Genesis 3:1–15 Direct students to look at the picture on page 50 of the Student Text. In today’s Bible story, we learned that Adam and Eve disobeyed God. God’s plan of love was that we would all live in a perfect world and be • Whom are some people that we should obey? (Our parents, completely happy forever. Let’s listen to the story of how Adam and teachers, priests, and so forth.) Eve’s choice changed everything. • It pleases God when we obey our parents, teachers, priests, and Adam and Eve lived in a beautiful garden called the Garden of Eden. others who have authority over us. Everything in the garden was perfect. There was no sickness, no suffering, and no death. Adam and Eve had everything they needed; • Is it always easy to do what you’re told? (No.) they loved God and each other perfectly. They were at peace within their hearts, and they were very happy. • Let’s practice obeying quickly and happily. God told Adam and Eve that they could eat of any of the trees in the Decide what choices you would make to obey God and others in the garden, except one tree that stood in the middle of the garden. This tree following situations. was called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God had forbidden them to eat from this one tree because He knew it would • Your mother tells you not to eat the cookies that she just baked, bring them great sadness. but you are hungry. Should you eat the cookies anyway? (No.) 88 Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 1


For the Teacher: Digging Deeper Adam and Eve Disobeyed God Adam and Eve lived in Paradise with God before the Fall. They had a loving friendship with Him, and all of creation lived in perfect harmony. There was no sadness or sickness. The Devil tempted Adam and Eve to believe that God was not telling them the truth. The Devil told them that by disobeying God they would be happier. Adam and Eve listened to the Devil and used their free will (the ability to choose to obey and love God) to disobey God. Right away, they knew that what they had done was wrong, and they were no longer happy. Adam and Eve had broken their relationship with God through sin, and they hid from God because they were afraid. The consequences of their sin were devastating. They could no longer live with God in Paradise; they lost God’s life (sanctifying grace) in their souls; they were no longer in harmony with each other, with themselves, or with the rest of creation; and they entered into a difficult life of struggle and sadness. When we are tempted to break God’s commands and make choices that seem good but are not good, we should remember that making choices and using our free will to go against God’s commands will always cause sadness because they are not part of God’s plan for our happiness. Sin makes us sad, and when sin looks fun or like something we want, it is just a trick. Happiness is found in being close to God and following the plans He has for us. God always tells us what will make us truly happy. • Your teacher tells you to be quiet on the way out to the playground, What happened to Adam and Eve after they ate the fruit? (They but your friend is trying to talk to you. Should you wait until you were sad, and they had to leave the garden.) get outside or just talk to him anyway? (Wait.) What is it called when we choose not to love God and others? • Your father tells you to do your homework, but your favorite TV (Sin.) show is on. Should you do your homework right away or wait until your TV show is over? (Do it right away.) Does choosing to disobey God make us happy? (No.) Are there any times that you have disobeyed? (Pause.) Did this make Optional Activity: Say Yes to God! you feel sad? (Yes.) See page 98 of the Teacher Manual. When we obey our parents or teachers, we may not want to do what Let’s Celebrate Our Faith they tell us, but we will always be happy that we did. Can you think of a time like this? (Answers may vary.) Now we’re going to learn about another part of the Our Father: “Thy kingdom come.” Activity: Adam and Eve’s Sad Choice “Thy” is an old, special way of saying “your,” so “Thy kingdom” really Turn to page 50 of the Student Text. means Your kingdom or God’s kingdom. God is the King of the whole world. His kingdom is in Heaven, and it began to grow on earth through Ask the students to look at the pictures from the story and Jesus. We want God’s kingdom in Heaven to come to earth; that is why determine which picture came first, second, and third in the we say “Thy kingdom come.” story; then write the numbers in the boxes. How can we help God’s kingdom grow? (By loving God and Review Chapter 7, Lesson 1 others.) Did God tell Adam and Eve they could or could not eat from the Let’s pray the Our Father together. Begin and end with the Sign of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? (They could not.) Cross. Who told Adam and Eve to disobey God? (The serpent/the Devil.) Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 1 89


Choices What is it called when we choose not to love God and others? (Sin.) Adam and Eve Does choosing to disobey God make us happy? (No.) disobeyed God in the first sin. Sin broke Let’s Proclaim the Good News their friendship with God. Sin broke their Let’s quiet our hearts and minds to hear the truth we believe: friendship with each God promises to send us a Savior. other. ODlisrbtaewenyeadilinntoegGtooGdho.oDwdraAMwdaaamklinaeensdtoUEhvsoewfHetlhtaewpyhpfeeynlt!twhehyen Let’s Learn about Our Faith they did not listen. Lesson 2 Focus: Through the first sin, Adam and Eve disobeyed God Chapter 7, Lesson 2 51 and hurt their relationship with Him and each other. They became very unhappy because they were no longer close to God. Let’s Prepare Our Hearts Adam and Eve first lived in the Garden of Eden, where everything was Optional Preparation Activities on page 87 of the Teacher Manual perfect. Before they sinned, Adam and Eve loved God and each other perfectly. Lectio Divina  V Instruct the students to fold their hands reverently and bow their heads • Before they sinned, they were with God always. They thought of in prayer during the four steps of lectio: read, meditate, pray, listen. Him, loved Him, and adored Him in every way that they could. A detailed explanation of lectio divina can be found in the front matter of the Teacher Manual on page xi. • Adam and Eve also loved each other perfectly by always doing Lead students in lectio divina on Psalm 51:1: “Have mercy on me, O God.” what was best for the other person. They were never selfish and Reflection (If needed, use to prompt students during the meditation step.) never wanted to hurt each other. • Thank You for loving me, God, even when I make bad choices. • In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were very happy because • God, help me trust You more and more. they loved as God wanted them to love. Review Chapter 7, Lesson 1 Did God tell Adam and Eve they could or could not eat from the Everything was perfect in the Garden of Eden until Adam and Eve chose Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? (They could not.) not to trust God. Who told Adam and Eve to disobey God? (The serpent/the Devil.) What happened to Adam and Eve after they ate the fruit? (They • After Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, everything changed. were sad, and they had to leave the garden.) • They no longer could love God perfectly. Their friendship with God was broken. • Because they turned away from God’s friendship, it became harder for them to choose to do good. Adam and Eve did not think about God always, and they loved themselves more than God. They did not have a loving friendship with God. • After Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they no longer were able to love each other perfectly. • Adam and Eve became selfish, thinking of themselves before thinking of each other. Their friendship with each other was broken too. • Adam and Eve were no longer happy because they were no longer close to God. Many bad things happened after Adam and Eve sinned. These bad results are called consequences. Can you say “con-se-quen-ces”? (Con-se-quen-ces.) • If we make a bad choice, we also experience bad results, like getting into trouble. We call these consequences. • When we make a bad choice and sin, the main consequence is that it hurts our relationship with God and others. 90 Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 2


For the Teacher: Digging Deeper Trusting God The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Adam and Eve’s sin as letting their trust in God die (see CCC 397). The Devil tempted them to think that God was keeping something good from them or did not have their best interests in mind. The Devil lied to Adam and Eve and convinced them that they would be happier if they ate the forbidden fruit. Sadly, disobeying God did not make them happier. Sin entered the world, and they were no longer able to live in the presence of God. Their relationship with God, with each other, with themselves, and with the rest of creation was damaged. We know from our own sins that we, too, can be tricked into distrusting God. We think something is good for us even though we know it is against what God has said is good for us. Avoiding temptation begins with a firm trust in God and knowing that He always wants what is best for us. • If you are not kind to another person, what might happen as a Activity: Obeying God Makes Us Happy! result? (Answers may vary.) Turn to page 51 of the Student Text • Do we have to pay the consequences of our poor choices? (Yes.) Ask the students to draw a line to how Adam and Eve felt when they listened to God and how they felt when they did not. • If you disobey your parents, you may have a consequence such as a time-out or not being able to play with your friends for one day. Review Chapter 7, Lesson 2 What was life like for Adam and Eve before they disobeyed God? • If you disobey your parents, there will be consequences, but (They were happy, and they had a friendship with God.) they still love you, don’t they? (Yes.) What was life like for Adam and Eve after they sinned? (They were sad; their friendship with God and each other was broken.) • Does God still love us when we sin? (Yes.) Did God still love Adam and Eve after they sinned? (Yes.) Are there consequences when we sin? (Yes.) • Yes, God always loves us, even when we sin. He will never leave Does God still love us when we sin? (Yes.) us and will always forgive us when we are sorry. Optional Activity: Forgiveness Chain • Do you think God still loved Adam and Eve after they sinned? See page 98 of the Teacher Manual. (Yes.) Let’s Celebrate Our Faith • Yes, God still loved them and wanted to heal their friendship, so He promised to send a Savior. That is the next part of the story! Begin and end with the Sign of the Cross. Dear God, help us love, trust, and listen to You. Please help us Conclusion: Adam and Eve had a perfect friendship with God and each follow Your rules so we can be happy and show You our love. other before they disobeyed God. After they disobeyed God, their When we do not follow Your rules, please forgive us and teach friendship was broken and they were no longer happy. us how to love. Amen. Let’s Live Our Faith Let’s pray the Our Father together. When we choose to make good or bad choices, there are always consequences. The main consequence of our good or bad choices is how it affects our relationship with God and others. There might also be other consequences to our choices like something being broken. Name the consequences for the following situations. • Everyone who does their homework gets a prize at school. What are the consequences if you don’t do your homework? (I don’t get the prize, and I am sad.) • Your mother tells you that if you get ready for bed and brush your teeth, she will read a book to you. What are the consequences if you get ready for bed and brush your teeth? (My mother reads me a book, and everyone is happy.) • You are very happy because you love everyone in your family. What are the consequences if you argue with your brother or sister about sharing your things? (I will be very sad.) Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 2 91


Our Savior GtooSdePnrdoamSiasvedior JFeosruLgsievte’ss Proclaim the Good News See whom God will It is gLoeotd’sfqouriuest otourbheearts and minds to hear the truth we believe: After Adam and Eve send to save us! disobeyed God, they Connect the dots. saobrraydGwochhdeopnicrweo.meItimsiseagskoetoodsend us a Savior. were sad. God gave Then trace the letters. for us to forgive others. them some very good news. He promised to JesuLs ceanth’selpLusewahernn about Our Faith send a Savior! it is hard to say “I’m sfaoolwrrgrELdayive.vyi”seessHosofdbooetiehnrscgyeoa3iervbnsdeFe.hsoyHJeceeuilumsdspus.i.u:fsGsGooddsptirlol lmoviseeddAtodasmenadnadSEavvei,oervaefntearfAtedratmheaynd weTahreerseowrreyr.e many consequences for the sin of Adam and Eve. They had to leave the Garden of Eden, and they were sad because their lives OESvauevriwoHra. sHoseloytrerFyarcfohierensdidusossb:heEoywvinetgo were no longer perfect as God had wanted their lives to be. odCTbreaaaBgctguienhatstihoGnwelo.iitldehctpttAhereroB“lmGeCt.i”tsseTerhd“eGt.wo” osredn“GdoSdo”meone who would make everything good • God promised to send a Savior who would heal our broken friendship with God. our klonvoewanwdhfoorGgioved us! God. Jesus is holy. God w• ilDl aolwyaoyus as our Savior? (Jesus.) be good and sent Chapter 7, Lesson 4 53 • Jesus is our Savior because He saves the whole world from the 52 Chapter 7, Lesson 3 sin of Adam and Eve and our own sins when we disobey God. • Jesus also opens the gates of Heaven so that we might be able to go to Heaven someday and live with God forever. Let’s Prepare Our Hearts Jesus teaches us to pray and to love God and one another. Look at the painting of Jesus and the children on page 53 of the Student Text. Optional Preparation Activities on page 87 of the Teacher Manual • Jesus taught us how to pray. In the Bible, we see that Jesus always prayed to His Father, and He wants us to pray to the Father too. Do you remember the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray? (The Our Father.) Prayer • Jesus teaches us how to love. Jesus always obeyed His Father. Should we always obey God, our Heavenly Father? (Yes.) Begin and end with the Sign of the Cross. • Jesus loved everyone. He especially loved those who were sick Dear God, thank You for all the blessings You have given us. and those who were difficult to love. Should we be like Jesus We know that we often do not listen to You, and we hurt our and love everyone? (Yes.) friendship with You when we do not listen. Please help us listen to You. Amen. • Jesus came to save the whole world from the sin of Adam and Eve. He made everything good again. Should we be thankful for Review Chapter 7, Lesson 2 Jesus coming as our Savior? (Yes.) What was life like for Adam and Eve before they disobeyed God? • If we have a loving friendship with Jesus, like the children in (They were happy, and they had a friendship with God.) the painting, will we be happy? (Yes.) What was life like for Adam and Eve after they sinned? (They • Jesus will always help us be happy and lead us to Heaven. were sad; their friendship with God and each other was broken.) • Do you love Jesus, our Savior? (Yes.) Did God still love Adam and Eve after they sinned? (Yes.) Conclusion: Jesus is our Savior. He saves the whole world from the sin Are there consequences when we sin? (Yes.) of Adam and Eve and our own sins. He teaches us how to pray, how to love, and how to be good and happy. Does God still love us when we sin? (Yes.) 92 Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 3


For the Teacher: Digging Deeper Rich in Mercy Pope Saint John Paul II wrote an encyclical devoted to the topic of God’s mercy. It is titled Dives in misericordia (November 30, 1980), which means “Rich in Mercy.” In this encyclical, the Holy Father tells us that “mercy is the greatest of the attributes and perfections of God” (no. 13). Throughout the Bible, we learn about all the attributes of God, but we learn most about His love and mercy. Let’s Live Our Faith Review Chapter 7, Lesson 3 Our Holy Friends: Eve After Adam and Eve sinned, God still loved them, so He promised to send a Savior. Who is that Savior? (Jesus.) Eve was the first woman created by God. Eve was created out of a rib from Adam’s side. Adam and Eve loved each other perfectly and were Jesus teaches us to pray and to love God and  . (One very happy together and with God. After Eve disobeyed God, she was another.) not happy. But she was very sorry for having disobeyed God. God promised to send a Savior for the whole world. Jesus is our Savior, who Each of us should have a loving with Jesus. (Friendship.) saves us from our sins and shows us how to be good and holy. Look at the children in the artwork on page 53 of the Student Text to see how Who will always help us make good choices? (Jesus.) they turned to Jesus to help them be good and happy. Optional Activity: The Road to the Savior Besides turning to your parents or a friend, who is your Savior, See page 98 of the Teacher Manual. whom you should turn to in order to teach you to be good and happy? (Jesus.) In the following situations, besides your parents or a Let’s Celebrate Our Faith friend, name who can help you. Begin and end with the Sign of the Cross. • If you cry when something goes wrong for you, who can help you be happy? (Jesus.) Dear Jesus, thank You for being our Savior. Thank You for helping us be good and happy. Thank You for teaching us how to • If you are mean to your friends because you cannot get your pray. Amen. way, who can help you be kind? (Jesus.) Let’s pray the Our Father together. • If you forget to say your prayers at night, who can help remind you to pray? (Jesus.) • If you are not paying attention at Mass, who can help you love God as you should? (Jesus.) Activity: God Promised to Send a Savior Turn to page 52 of the Student Text. Ask the students to connect the dots and trace the letters to see whom God will send to save us. Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 3 93


Review Chapter 7, Lesson 3 d Jesus After Adam and Eve sinned, God still loved them, so He promised ior Forgives to send a Savior. Who is that Savior? (Jesus.) It is good for us to be Jesus teaches us to pray and to love God and  . (One another.) sorry when we make rs. a bad choice. It is good for us to forgive others. Each of us should have a loving with Jesus. (Friendship.) Jesus can help us when Who will always help us make good choices? (Jesus.) it is hard to say “I’m Let’s Proclaim the Good News sorry.” He can help us forgive others. Jesus Let’s quiet our hearts and minds to hear the truth we believe: always forgives us if God promises to send us a Savior. we are sorry. CTbreaagctienhstohweliitlehctttAheerB“lGeCt.”tseTrh“eG.w” ord “God” Let’s Learn about Our Faith od Lesson 4 Focus: God always forgives us if we are sorry.  V God will always love and forgive us! ur If we make a bad choice and we are sorry, Jesus will always forgive us. oly. • Have you ever hurt someone’s feelings? (Pause.) How did that Chapter 7, Lesson 4 53 make him feel? (Sad.) How did it make you feel? (Sad.) Let’s Prepare Our Hearts • What is the first thing you should do if you hurt someone’s feelings? (Say “I am sorry.”) Optional Preparation Activities on page 87 of the Teacher Manual • Has a friend ever hurt your feelings? (Pause.) How did it make Sacred Art Reflection: Let the Little Children Come unto Me, by Carl you feel? (Sad.) Christian Vogel von Vogelstein  V Direct the students to look at the painting on page 53 of the Student • In order to make your friendship better again, should you Text and quietly reflect and answer questions to themselves. Begin and forgive that person who hurt your feelings? (Yes.) end with the Sign of the Cross. Let’s pray together: • Do you know what it means to forgive? (Answers may vary.) Dear God, as we look at this beautiful work of art, help us know If we forgive someone, that means we show love and kindness to that Jesus’ love for children. person even though what he did was not kind. Look carefully at this painting. (Pause.) Notice the little children looking at Jesus, running toward Him, and Look at the picture of Jesus and the children on page 53 of the Student hugging Him. (Pause.) Text. Jesus knows everything about us, and He loves us. Jesus wants us Jesus is not with us today in the same way that we see Him in this to run to Him and hug Him and tell Him we are sorry. He always will picture, but He is here, especially in our hearts. forgive us if we are sorry. Would you like to look into Jesus’ eyes, hug Him, ask Him questions, or run to Him? (Pause.) If we disobey or hurt others’ feelings, we not only hurt them, but we Think about which child in the picture you would like to be. (Pause.) offend Jesus too. Jesus knows everything we do. Jesus, thank You for coming to be with us and for teaching us how to love You and how to love one another. Amen. • Jesus always loves us, even if we sin. But Jesus wants us to come to Him and say we are sorry. 94 Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 4 • Will Jesus always love us, even if we disobey or hurt others? (Yes.) • Jesus will always forgive us if we say we are sorry. • We should always say we are sorry when we make a bad choice; we should always forgive others when they make a bad choice. • When we say we are sorry and when we forgive others, will we be happy or sad? (Happy.) • Jesus always wants us to be happy, doesn’t He? (Yes.) Conclusion: Jesus will always forgive our sins if we say we are sorry.


Let’s Live Our Faith Small Wonders Small Wonders  V A Mere Trifle The Small Wonders text can be found at the end of this lesson. See page 55 of the Student Text for the illustration. A new Toy arrives. The trouble starts when Tell-Tale gives him a home. Activity: Catholic ABCs Turn to page 53 of the Student Text Lesson Link: Innocence; found and given a home (Adam and Eve). God created us and, like those who are lost, welcomed us to this Ask the students to trace the letter “G” for “God.” temporary home on earth. He gives us rules and responsibilities—for ourselves and one another. Sometimes they may seem difficult, and Review Chapter 7, Lesson 4  . sometimes they may get in the way of what we want. But He provides them out of His love, to keep us safe and to keep us close to Him. If we make bad choices, we should say that we are (Sorry.) Percy the Possum was strolling through the Brackenbury Forest with his paws clasped behind his back and a whistle on his lips. It was a good If someone else makes a bad choice, should we forgive him, day for strolling and whistling. The sun shone through the trees in even though he was wrong? (Yes.) golden shafts of light. Who will always help us make good choices? (Jesus.) Out of the corner of his eye, Percy saw something move. There—it moved again! In a small clearing, a small fuzzy creature was leaping and Who will always forgive us if we say we are sorry? (Jesus.) jumping from one spot of sunlight to another. Let’s Celebrate Our Faith The small fuzzy creature was laughing in a small fuzzy voice. Begin and end with the Sign of the Cross. Percy walked over and gazed at the small fuzzy creature. It had black fur, a white patch just under its neck, white spots on the tips of its ears, Dear Jesus, we want to have a loving friendship with You. Thank a nose that sniffed, whiskers that twitched, and a tail that swung back You for always forgiving us when we say we are sorry. Thank and forth. Percy said, “You’re a kitten!” You for teaching us how to be good and happy. Amen. The kitten stopped pouncing and asked, “I am?” Let’s pray the Our Father together. “I am almost certain,” said Percy. “What is your name?” The kitten said, “I think it’s on my collar, but I can’t bend my head far enough to read it. And I can’t read anyway.” Percy knelt down and looked at the little silver tag on the black collar. “Trifles,” Percy read out loud. “Look what I can do!” the kitten named Trifles said and raced toward a tree. With a jump, he caught the side of the tree with his claws and hung there to impress Percy. Percy smiled to be polite. “Where do you belong?” he asked. Trifles dropped from the tree. “Somewhere that isn’t here, I think,” Trifles said. He caught a blowing leaf in his paws, let it go, chased it, then caught it again. “Well, we can’t have a small kitten lost in our woods,” Percy said firmly. “Come with me.” “Okay,” said Trifles, but he kept chasing the spots of light. “This way,” Percy said. Trifles stayed in the clearing, pouncing on the yellow patches of light that shined through the trees. “What am I going to do?” asked Percy. Then he remembered that he had a string in the left pocket of his waistcoat because one never knows when string might come in handy. That’s why he also kept a rubber band in his right pocket. He dangled the string on the ground. Trifles raced from the spots of light to pounce on the string. (Continued on page 96) Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 4 95


hip Trifles looked very excited to be the center of attention. “Look what I ved can do!” he said and rolled over onto his back and clawed at the air. e Percy explained that Trifles wasn’t sure where he came from and was probably lost. “We can’t have a lost kitten roaming around,” Percy said. A new Toy arrives. The trouble starts when You. Tell-Tale gives him a home. “He’s adorable,” Tell-Tale said. “Can I have him?” re Read the full Small Wonders story on the parent portal. Chapter 7 55 None of the Toys wanted to take him. (Small Wonders continued) “He’s yours,” Percy proclaimed. Percy used the string to lure Trifles to the park in the middle of the Kind Tell-Tale used her long tail to lead Trifles home. Garden. Tell-Tale’s house was a large bird cage that had been built as part of the Because it was such a beautiful day, many of the Toys were in the park. park. It once had a sign that said “Aviary” until Tell-Tale took it down They were lying in the sun or playing games with a big yellow ball that and turned it into a table. Parts of the cage were already covered with Overbite had found. covery-type things. But Tell-Tale also put in walls made of branches and leaves until the cage was very cozy indeed. “Look what I captured,” Percy announced as if he had been on a big hunt. “You’re welcome here,” Tell-Tale said. “Except, you must not climb to the top of the cage.” Tell-Tale the Mouse was the first to come over. She looked down at the kitten as it attacked the string. Trifles was the only Toy smaller than she Trifles looked up. “Why? What’s up there?” he asked. was. “How cute!” she said. “An old perch,” Tell-Tale said. “The birds once used it.” Pinnetti the Puppet agreed—as did Brambles the Porcupine and the General with his big antlers and Pencil-Neck the Brachiosaurus. The only With big eyes, Trifles gazed at the perch high above them. “Why can’t one who didn’t agree was Lizst the Lion because he had found a very I?” Trifles asked. warm spot on the grass in which to sleep and couldn’t be bothered to wake up. “Because you can’t fly,” Tell-Tale said. “And it’s dangerous to climb that high. You’d have a very long fall. Do you understand?” “I do,” Trifles said. But he kept looking up. “Make yourself at home,” Tell-Tale said. And that’s when the trouble started. Questions: 1. Why do you think Tell-Tale decided to take Trifles the Kitten home? (He was cute and Tell-Tale didn’t want a little kitten roaming around with no one to keep him safe.) 2. What do you think is going to happen next? (Answers may vary but should include that taking care of kittens is a lot of responsibility.) 96 Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 4


LAwditeahmtG’aosnddaREnvdeewmcithhoeeseamctho odbtihsoeebrrweyaOsGbourdo.krTehne.FiGr aroedliastttioihllnlsohviepd Will Jesus always forgive us if we are sorry? (Yes.) them. He promised to send a Savior. We should always one another when we have been LAwdohaoomtkeamnOpdtueEdvtetfhwoeemrreTtohhaspianp.tyCSiinrcntlheaetkhgeears!dneank.eF. iTnhdetnhecoslnoarke wronged. (Forgive.) the picture. Let’s Live Our Faith LDTheeaatn’rskJPeYsrouausy,fowreawlwaanytstofohragviveinaglouvsinwghferinenwdeshsiapywwiteh You. are When we hurt someone, we need to say that we are sorry. It is not always easy to say “I am sorry.” But God will help us if we ask Him. sorry. Amen. After each of the following, repeat after me: “Dear God, please help me say I am sorry.” 54 Chapter 7, Lesson 5 • You took your brother’s video game without asking. When he Let’s Prepare Our Hearts found out, he was not happy. Dear God, please help me say I am sorry. (Repeat.) • You talked to your friend in class when you were not supposed to. Your teacher was not happy. Dear God, please help me say I am sorry. (Repeat.) WnAehneeednwtsooTsmoayyeoa“nIrrfeiovhregusirv.teTs hyooeuurt.rf”eoWeulbhinleegnsswotaerrdtdsooewtshhsiseo,nmweethbiencgotmhaetmisonreotlirkigehJte, swues. ATfetellr-Teaalechgoivfethsehfiomlloawhinogm,ere. peat after me: “Dear God, please help me forgiRveeadothtehfeulrl sSmwallhWeonndtehrsesytorhy uonrtthempear.e”nt portal. Chapter 7 55 • Your baby sister or brother just threw all your school papers on the floor. Dear God, please help me forgive others when they hurt me. (Repeat.) • Your friend was playing with all the other kids in the class and left you out. Dear God, please help me forgive others when they hurt me. (Repeat.) Optional Preparation Activities on page 87 of the Teacher Manual Activity: Look Out for That Snake! Turn to page 54 of the Student Text Prayer Have the students find and circle the snake who told Adam and Read the Opening Prayer on page 49 of the Student Text. Begin and end Eve to sin; then color the picture. with the Sign of the Cross. Take Home Dear God, thank You for allowing us to know You and love You. The take-home page is located on page 56 of the Student Text and on Please help us trust You. Help us show our love for You with our the teacher and parent portals. Please send that page home with the choices. Help us know that You still love us, even when we make students. bad choices. Amen. Optional Activity: “The Story of God’s Love” Booklet Let’s Proclaim the Good News See page 98 of the Teacher Manual. Let’s quiet our hearts and minds to hear the truth we believe: Let’s Celebrate Our Faith God promises to send us a Savior. Read the Closing Prayer on page 54 of the Student Text. Begin and end Let’s Remember Our Faith  . (Sin.) with the Sign of the Cross. Review the chapter by asking the students the following: Dear Jesus, we want to have a loving friendship with You. Thank When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, this was the first You for always forgiving us when we say we are sorry. Amen. Whom did God promise to send? (A Savior.) Let’s pray the Our Father together. Who is our Savior? (Jesus.) Unit 2, Chapter 7, Lesson 5 97


Chapter 7 Optional Activities The Road to the Savior Say Yes to God! Materials: • Copies of pattern (found on the teacher portal); one per student Materials: • Scissors • Copies of pattern (found on the teacher portal); one per student • Crayons • Scissors • Hole punch • Crayons • Paper fasteners (brads); one per student • 1 by 10 inch strips of red tissue paper; one per student • 1 by 10 inch strips of yellow tissue paper; one per student This activity will help the students visualize God’s saving plan for us • Craft sticks (popsicle sticks) to reach Heaven. • Glue sticks Have the students color and cut out each of the pattern pieces. Have students roughly tear one-inch squares from each tissue paper Punch a hole at the bottom of each piece. Put the pieces on the strip. Have them ball up each red square and glue it to the tree on the fastener, facedown, in this order: Garden of Eden, Original Sin, left. Have them ball up each yellow square and glue it to the tree on leaving Eden, our Savior, and finally Heaven. Spread the fastener the right. Have them color and cut out the “Yes” and “No” signs and prongs. the serpent. Glue each of them to a separate craft stick. As the students fan out their book, explain how leaving the Garden Remind the students of the rule that God gave to Adam and Eve. Have of Eden was a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, but God promised to them hold up the “Yes” or “No” sign when you ask them if Adam and send us a Savior who would open the gates of Heaven—God’s final Eve should eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and home for us! Evil, and then ask if they should eat fruit from the other tree. “The Story of God’s Love” Booklet Now briefly talk about how, like Adam and Eve, we, too, can make good and bad choices in our lives. Ask them to hold up the “Yes” or Materials: “No” sign in answer to different scenarios that might happen in their • Copy of this chapter’s booklet pattern (found on the teacher own lives (such as being helpful, being mean, etc.). Have them identify which scenario is directed by God and which is from the portal); one per student Devil by saying “God” or holding up the serpent. • Markers and other decorating materials Forgiveness Chain This chapter’s symbol is an illustration of Adam and Eve holding an apple for the students to color. Along the bottom of the page are Materials: the words “Adam and Eve did not obey God.” • Copies of pattern (found on the teacher portal); one per student • Scissors After the students complete their pictures, make sure that they fill in • Crayons their names. Then pick them up to keep in a special place to put • Tape together in a binder for each student at the end of the year. In this activity, the students will make a three-link paper chain. Have the students color and cut out the pattern. Explain that it is God’s grace that is the link in our relationship with Him and one another. Go around to each student and tape the “God” link (or have them use a drop of glue) and then attach that to the “me” link and finally attach the “family and friends” link to the “me” link. Let the students think of ways that we can hurt these relationships. Then have them cut the “me” link. Explain that once we ask for forgiveness, God’s grace can repair that relationship. Then go and tape back the link. Show that God’s love and forgiveness is limitless by doing this a few times. Now have everyone shout “Thank You, God!” 98 Unit 2, Chapter 7


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