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God Reveals a Plan of Love Goals The students will grow in love for God through a deeper understanding of God’s plan of salvation. They will come to appreciate the Old Testament.

1 The Bible Reveals God’s Saving Love The students are reminded that the Bible is one of the chief means of discovering God’s love for them and of learning how they can deepen their relationship with God. They learn that through Scripture, God reveals himself and the divine plan for our happiness. They see that the Old Testament helps us to understand Jesus.

2 Scripture Is God’s Saving Word The students learn that God reveals himself and calls us to an intimate relationship through Sacred Scripture as well as through Sacred Tradition. They come to understand that God desires to speak to them through Scripture. They are introduced to the Bible as a collection of various kinds of inspired writings and learn the major categories of books in the Old Testament. They review how to locate passages.

4 God Offers Love and Mercy Through a study of the first stories in Genesis, the students ponder the entrance of sin into our world and its effect on our relationship with God and others. They see how God revealed the depth of divine love and mercy in promising a redeemer, and they discover in this promise the basis for Christian hope. They are given opportunities to grow in the Christlike response of peace and forgiveness.

5 Unit 1 Review The students review the terms, people, and events, as well as the concept of salvation history, presented in Unit 1. In the context of a celebration, the Scripture prayer booklet “God’s Word Is Alive in .” is provided for them from the back of the students’ book. It may be used in class or assigned as a home project to lead the students to scriptural prayer.

3 Everything God Created Is Good The students learn not only of the original creation of all things but of God’s continual act of creation, which includes creating new beings and keeping all things in existence. They are made aware of God’s special creation of people and are led to realize that people are more important than things. Responding to their call as stewards of the earth, they consider ways of protecting and caring for human life and for all the gifts of the earth.

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The Bible Reveals God’s Saving Love Faith Focus: We come to know God and Jesus through Scripture.

Reflecting on the Faith Experience Take a few moments to reflect prayerfully before preparing the lesson.

Listening I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17

Reflecting Christians and Jews share the belief that the Old Testament is the Word of God. As such, the books of Scripture teach that truth that God has communicated for the sake of our salvation. (See Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation #11.) Beginning with Abraham, God’s self-revelation was made at specific times, in specific places, to specific people. The record of this communication has been faithfully transmitted through the ages, first orally and then in writing. Catholic tradition has always held that God’s revelation in the Bible is true, for the Church has always believed in the divine origin of the Scriptures. What God reveals must be true; a loving God cannot deceive. The compelling power of God’s Word can radically change our lives—as it changed the life of St. Augustine. In his youth Augustine recklessly abandoned himself to the cravings of his passions, but his spirit still hungered. Finally, in desperation, Augustine prayed for deliverance from his sin. Hearing a childlike voice chanting repeatedly, “Take up and read. Take up and




read,” he opened the Bible and read in silence the first verses on which his eyes fell: Let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:13–14

That message was the catalyst that converted St. Augustine, set him free from the bondage of sin, and enkindled in him the desire to put away all that had kept him from the Lord. With the psalmist, therefore, we sing God’s praise and pray that God’s revelation will guide our lives:

Responding Lord, help my students grow in knowledge and love of you through your Word—Scripture.

Scripture for Further Reflection Colossians 1:15–20 God’s plan to draw all things in the heavens and on earth to himself in Christ existed from the beginning of time. Jesus, by his death and Resurrection, destroyed the power of sin— the only obstacle keeping us from intimacy with God. 1 Corinthians 2:7–8 God’s plan to embrace and love each of us is more wonderful than even our greatest dreams.

Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them. The revelation of your words sheds light, gives understanding to the simple. I sigh with open mouth, yearning for your commands. Turn to me and be gracious, your edict for lovers of your name. Steady my feet in accord with your promise; do not let iniquity lead me. Psalm 119:129–133

Do I read Scripture on a regular basis?

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Preparing for the Faith Experience Day One

Let the Son Shine In

Catholic Social Teaching

Music in This Chapter

The Poor and Vulnerable

For a list of all the music suggested in this program, see page T481.

Day Two

Church Documents

Day Three

Catechism of the Catholic Church. The themes in this chapter correspond to the following paragraphs: 102, 151.

Let’s Get Acquainted Invited by God

Day Four

A Bible Journey Log

Day Five

Extending the Chapter

Scripture in This Chapter Isaiah 43:1 I have called you by name. Luke 24:13–35 The Road to Emmaus Ephesians 5:8 Live as children of light.

General Directory for Catechesis #108. Catechists should make known the words and actions with which God revealed himself in the Old Testament.

Enriching the Faith Experience Use the activities at the end of the chapter to enrich a lesson or to replace an activity with one that better meets the needs of your class.

National Directory for Catechesis #51. Catechists should recognize the special meaning of the Old Testament for the Jewish people, its original audience. Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation #6 (Vatican II). God’s revelation of himself enables us to know the truth about him with ease, certainty, and confidence.

Bulletin Board Below is a suggestion for a bulletin-board design for this chapter. Invite students to write their own names in the box. See page T462 for further explanation of how to use bulletin boards.

Weren’t our hearts burning within us . . .

I have called you by name.

You are mine. Isaiah 43:1

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Day One Let the Son Shine In LEARNING OUTCOMES The students will be able to • compare Jesus, the Son of God, to the Sun. • articulate the importance of letting Jesus touch their lives. • describe how to be open to Jesus.

Materials • Bible • BLM 1, BLM 2 A–B, BLM 3A–C, BLM 4 • Time line of b.c. and a.d. years • Bulletin board with caption: “Let the Son Shine In” • Sun to put on the bulletin board • Picture of Jesus or a chi-rho • Daisy (real or paper) • Flashlight (optional) • Scissors • Crayons or markers

• Song about Jesus and/or self as light for Sharing #7, such as “Jesus Is Life” from Abba! Father! or “I Am the Light of the World” from Spirit and Song, Vol. 1

Before You Begin 1. This introductory lesson sets the tone for the year. It centers the subject matter on Jesus and motivates the students to learn.

2. In Acting #2, the students might create a poster or banner instead of a bulletin board. If notebooks are unavailable, they might glue their daisies onto a folder.

3. The students might use BLM 4 as patterns to draw daisies on white tissue paper. Students can cut and glue on yellow centers made from construction paper. You might wish to collect the second daisies so students don’t lose them before the Day Four lesson.

4. After correcting the pre-tests (BLM 3A–C), evaluate the students’ strengths and weaknesses. Do not return the tests to the students, but be sure to save them. At the end of the year, give the test again as a post-test and let the students see how much they have learned.

5. If you will not be supplying notebooks for Day Four, have the students bring them. They can use composition books, spiral notebooks, or pocket folders.

6. Send home Note to Families (pages v–vi), BLM 1 Letter to Families, and BLM 2A–B Letter to Families on Unit 1. BLM 1 contains a letter to parents concerning the course, God Calls a People. BLM 2A–B concern the study of Unit 1, God Reveals a Plan of Love.

• Bulletin-board pins

Centering 1. Greet the students. Introduce yourself and share with the students why you are happy to be their catechist.

2. Invite a volunteer to come forward and spell the word sun (son) on the board. ✦ Depending on which way the volunteer chooses to spell the word, point out the other way of spelling it and write the word on the board.


What is the center of our solar system? (the sun) Our lives are dependent on the sun. During the summer how did the sun make life more enjoyable for you?

Today you will reflect on the Son, spelled S-o-n, and how Jesus, the Son of God is like the sun (s-u-n) in your life.



Sharing 1. Draw a picture of the sun on the board. Ask the students to identify ways the sun helps us. As volunteers name ways that the sun helps us, have a volunteer list them on the board as rays coming from the sun.


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Day One resemble the sun? (It has a large yellow center and white petals that come out from the center like the rays of the sun.)

2. Relate the sun to Jesus. ✦

Centuries ago, some people who recognized the importance of the sun worshiped it as a god. The chief god of the Egyptians, for instance, was Re (RAY), spelled R-e or R-a. This god was said to cross the sky in a solar ship every day. The Egyptians believed that their rulers, the pharaohs, were this sun-god on earth. We know that the sun is a burning ball of gases, and we do not worship it. But it is a good symbol of what Jesus is for us. In fact, Jesus once said, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). Look at the words on the board. How is Jesus like the sun? (He helps us to see what is true and how to live. He gave us eternal life by his death. He feeds us in the Eucharist. He gives us the warmth of his love. He gives us peace, joy, and love. He gives us grace, his own life, to do good.) After the first sin, the world was in darkness. We needed someone to save us from sin and death, and to show us the way to happiness and eternal life. Jesus was the light sent by the Father to give us life. [Post the sun on the bulletin board.]

5. Use a flashlight to demonstrate how to avoid light. Have a volunteer turn a flashlight on the class. Let the students demonstrate how they can avoid the light. Introduce the concept of being close to the sun (Son).

4. Show a daisy and ask how it can be a symbol for us. What happens to flowers if they don’t get sun? (They die.)

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The daisy’s name comes from the words “day’s eye.” What do you think is meant by “the day’s eye”? (the sun) How does the daisy

1. BLM 4 Distribute two daisies from BLM 4 Daisy Patterns to each student. ✦ As a reminder to be open to Jesus, the Son God, you will make two daisies. One you will add to the bulletin board. The other you will save for your journey log, which you will hear more about later. ✦

Cut out the daisies. Print your name in the center and then color the center yellow.

As you work, think of a specific way to let Jesus shine more in your life. Maybe you can set a time for prayer and try to stick to it. Maybe you can plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially if you haven’t done so for a while. Maybe you can renew your efforts to resist a particular sin.

You might resolve to get as much out of religion class this year as you can by putting as much into it as you can.

6. Discuss ways to let the Son shine in. Jesus, the Son of God, is always there for us, ready to fill us with power and life. But we are free to be open to him or not.

If we let Jesus into our lives, we will become what we are meant to be: fully mature human beings. If we let him into our lives, we will resemble him and shine forth love and goodness to others.

How do we let the Son shine in our lives? (pray, celebrate the sacraments, read about him, try to be like him, stretch out our arms to help others)

This year you will let the Son shine by learning more about who he is for us. You will learn how God prepared the world for his Son. You will also learn ways to let the Son enter your life and enrich you and enrich others through you.

3. Show the time line and point out Jesus’ central position. Comment: The coming of Jesus gave meaning to the lives of all the people who lived before him and all who will live after him.

If the sun is a good symbol for Jesus, the daisy is a good symbol for us. Why? (We need Jesus like the daisy needs the sun. We are to resemble Jesus and be lights for the world.)


7. Play or let the students sing a song about Jesus and/or themselves as light.

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Have the students paste one daisy in their notebooks with the caption “Let the Son Shine In” above the daisy. Have them pin the other daisy on the bulletin board during the following prayer. ✦ Let us pray to be open to the Son as we finish the bulletin board together. ✦

Look at your daisy and listen to this reading from the letter to the Ephesians. [Read aloud Ephesians 5:8.] “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”

Jesus, the Son of God, is our Savior. He is the source of our life. [Pin a picture of Jesus or a chi-rho to the sun.]

Try to choose one way you will be open to Jesus and live as a child of light. [Pause.]

Come forward and pin your daisy to the bulletin board. Let it be a sign of your intention to let Jesus shine in your life in some particular way. [You might play the song about light again.]

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For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

3. BLM 3A–C Administer the pre-test God Calls a People on BLM 3A–C. This pretest will let me know what you already know about the Old Testament, which we will be studying this year. It will show me what to highlight as I teach the events that led to the coming of Jesus. It will also help you to see your progress at the end of the year.




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Day Two Let’s Get Acquainted LEARNING OUTCOMES The students will be able to • compare ways of coming to know people with ways of coming to know God. • explain that God’s self-revelation is in the Bible. • describe how to read the Bible as a Catholic. • identify habits of prayer.

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• BLM 5 • Word LISTEN on the board in capital letters



of the caption on the bulletin board, “Let the Son Shine In.” The first step to letting Jesus into your life is getting to know him better. Today you will think about how we get to know other people, including Jesus.

2. Have the students introduce themselves. First let’s have you introduce yourself. Say your name and use three words from the board to describe you. For instance, “My name is Mary. I’m quiet, agreeable, and loyal.” You can use other words besides those listed.

1. While many of the students may

• List of words on the board: funny

1. Ask the students the meaning

Before You Begin

• Glue, tape, or a stapler



Student pages 1–2

already know one another, there are often some newcomers. Taking the time to get acquainted will help to develop a sense of community. The opening activity in this lesson gives everyone, including you, a chance to learn something about the thoughts and feelings of the others.

2. In the course of the sixth-grade program, the students will be experiencing many types of prayer. In this lesson they are motivated to pray, and they receive a visible reminder to pray.


do we do that? (be quiet, pay attention to God, give time to prayer) Can you rearrange the letters in “listen” to spell a word that tells what you must be to really listen? (silent)

Sharing 1. Discuss getting to know someone well. Think of someone you know well. Recall how you came to know that person. (Possible answers: being with them, listening to them, listening to what others say about them, watching what they do, reading about them, reading what they have written) [List the students ideas on the board as they volunteer them.]

2. Discuss how we come to know God. God is with us all the time. Sometimes, however, we can be with someone and totally ignore him or her. How can you show that you remember God is with you? (talk to God in prayer)

What are some ways God speaks to us? (through creation, the love of others, the Bible, the Church) When God speaks, we should listen with our whole selves. How

3. Guide the students to realize that we can always come to know God better. ✦ The Bible tells us how God has revealed himself to his people through his great deeds. Because God inspired or guided the writing of the Bible, everything that it tells us about God is true. The Bible teaches us about God’s plan to fill our lives with happiness and peace. ✦

You already know many things that God teaches us in the Bible. This year you will learn many more. God is so great that no matter how much we study, we will never be able to say, “I know all about God.” We can always come to know God better.

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Day Two 4. Invite volunteers to read aloud How to Read the Bible as a Catholic on page 2.

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5. Explain why prayer should be a regular part of daily life. ✦ God has made us to live with him. God is always with us, and speaks to us in many ways. But God speaks quietly. Since God never forces us to listen, it is important for us to take time to pray. When we pray we open our minds and hearts to God. Then we are able to know God. Then God can give us the peace and joy that come to those who follow God’s way. ✦

How to Read the Bible as a Catholic CATHOLICS BELIEVE that everything in the Bible is true. So, then, is it a fact that • God created the world in seven days? • Adam lived to be 930 years old? • Noah built an ark? • Jonah was swallowed by a large fish? If everything in the Bible is true, does this mean that Catholics have to choose between science and the Bible?

If you do not already have a special time or times when you pray during the day, think of a time now. Five or ten minutes before you go to bed might be a good time.

The key to understanding how to read the Bible as a Catholic is to understand the difference between truth and fact. Simply put, something can be truthful without being factual. For example, if you are trying to download a large file onto your computer and it is taking a long time, you might say that it is "taking a million years." You would be speaking the truth: the file is taking a long time to download. However, the information is not factual: the file is not taking a million years to download. Figurative language such as this communicates truth without relying totally on facts.

6. BLM 5 Distribute the leaves from BLM 5 Leaf Patterns to the students. ✦ Jesus once described how close he is to us and how close we are to one another. He said, “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5). ✦

Today you will use these leaves to make a vine. On your leaf write your name and the three words you chose to describe yourself. Then on the back write this sentence and complete it: “I knew Jesus was with me when .”

7. Have the students put their leaves together to form a vine. Hang the vine in the room so the statements can be read. Invite students who are willing to read aloud their sentences.




We say that as Catholics, we believe that everything in the Bible is true. What we mean is that the Bible teaches us, without error, the truth about God. Although the Bible does contain historical information, the authors of


the Bible were not primarily concerned with historical or scientific facts. Their goal was to teach the truth about God. With this in mind, we can say that the first creation story in the Book of Genesis is true, although it does not attempt to teach scientific facts. It teaches us truths about God and his relationship with creation, such as • God is the author of all creation. • God brings order out of chaos. • Human beings are created in God’s image. • Everything God created is good. As Catholics, we can learn from what scientists are teaching us about creation and, at the same time, learn from the Book of Genesis about the religious truth of Creation. Likewise, when the Bible says that Adam lived to be 930 years old, it is teaching the religious truth that he lived a long life, which is a sign of God's blessing. The story of Noah’s Ark is also true: we drown in sin and only those who obey God's voice are saved. Finally, the story of Jonah is true: when you say no to God’s will, you will find yourself in darkness. When reading Old Testament stories, don't be overly concerned with historical and scientific facts. The important thing is to search for the religious truth being taught in each story. Remember, everything in the Bible is true. After all, God has given us his Word!

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Acting Lead the students in Production prayer. _______ PDF Signoff: Let’s take a few moments to think quietly about God right now. [Pause.] Hear God calling you by name. [Pause.] Listen to God inviting you to get to know him better. [Pause.] Tell God what you really want to happen during each religion class this year. [Pause.] Tell God how you will cooperate with his plan for you. [Pause.] Now let’s all pray together, “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”


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Day Three Invited by God

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Key Term

The students will be able to • explain that God reveals himself to us in the Scriptures. • describe how the Old Testament helps us understand Jesus. • identify Scripture and Tradition as forming one sacred deposit.

Sacred Deposit—Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition form one sacred deposit of God’s revelation.

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2. Decide how you will guide

Word to Know Old Testament See the Glossary for definition.

Before You Begin

• Newspaper with horoscope section • Scripture booklet “God’s Word Is Alive in ” from the back of the students’ books • Student books and Bibles on a decorated table • Stapler or yarn and a hole punch

Centering 1. Use the text below to prepare an invitation to share with the students.

2. Hold up the invitation that you have prepared. Ask a student to open it and share the message with the class.

3. Show the students the Dear students, You are invited to go on a special journey this year. You are invited to travel with my chosen people as you study their sacred writings, the Old Testament, sometimes called the Hebrew Scriptures. On this journey you will see how much I love my people. You will learn more about my plan to save all people. You will see that the journey of the ancient Israelites was much like your own journey to my kingdom. Through your study I will lead you to greater freedom and happiness. I will bring you closer to me. Will you come on the journey with me?

horoscope section of a newspaper. ✦ Some people read horoscopes thinking that the movements of the stars and planets affect fate and behavior. As Catholics, however, we believe in an allpowerful God who has revealed himself to us by entering into human history. The Bible is a very important source of God’s communication with us.

enact the story of the journey to Emmaus (Luke 24:13–35). the students in using their Scripture prayer booklet. You might assign and check certain pages throughout the year or give the students a few weeks to finish the entire booklet. Set a date when they can share their work. Encourage the students to use their booklets before school, during free moments, and at home.

Today you will receive two books that will help you know God better: the Bible and your Christ Our Life book. These books will help you better understand his communication with us

4. Present the students with Bibles and copies their student books. Call each person by name and add a comment such as “Joe, may these books help you understand how much God loves you.”

5. Allow time for the students to look through their books.

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Have volunteers read aloud the rest of page 3. The Poor and Vulnerable

3. Draw the students’ attention to page 4. ✦ Have them write their own names on the line within Isaiah 43:1. ✦

What plan does the Old Testament tell about? (God’s plan to save all people)

How was this plan fulfilled? (through the death and Resurrection of Jesus)

Could we know anything about God without God’s revelation to us in Scriptures? (yes, because God reveals himself in creation)

What are other ways we come to know what God is like? (through creation, Scripture, community, and Jesus)




aloud the first paragraph of Invited by God on page 3. Have the students write their answers to the question. Then invite students to share their answers with the class or with those sitting near them.


1. Choose a volunteer to read

The Bible Reveals God’s Saving Love Invited by God How do you feel when you are invited to a party or to a friend’s house? Every time you receive an invitation, you have been chosen to take part in something. You must decide how you will respond. If you say yes, you can enjoy all that has been planned. You can deepen your friendship with the person who invited you and with all the other guests. Name two places you would like to be invited.

This year God invites you to go on a journey with his Chosen People through a study of the Old Testament. As you journey, you will see how much God loves his people, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. You will see how God is calling you to love his people. You will learn how God’s people responded to that love. You will see that their journey is much like your own journey to God’s kingdom. Who is this God who invites you? God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving one who is perfect in every way. God always was and

always will be. God is so great and so far beyond our understanding that we can never completely grasp who God is. Fortunately, God helps us to know him. God reveals himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three divine and inseparable persons in one God. All of creation reveals how good and how great God is. The Scriptures tell us more. They tell how God made himself known to the Hebrews. They reveal God’s plan to save all people by sending his Son Jesus to earth. Jesus, by his death and Resurrection, fulfilled God’s plan. What’s more, Jesus reveals what God is like more clearly than creation and Scripture do. He is the perfect revelation of God. The Church, the community of faith, helps us understand God's revelation. God’s message on the next page reveals his attitude toward you. Read it and write your name on the line. Take some time to tell God how you feel about this message.

How is God best revealed to us? (through Jesus, the perfect revelation) Why is Jesus the perfect revelation? (Jesus is God) According to God’s message on page 4, why shouldn’t we be afraid? (God has redeemed us. God has called us by name and we are his.)

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Day Three 4. Write image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) on the board. ✦ God has always planned to bring us and all creation back to a loving relationship through Jesus. Little by little, God revealed his plan to people like Abraham, Moses, and the prophets, and did great things to show love and care for the Chosen People. ✦

Finally God’s most perfect revelation, Jesus, came. In a New Testament letter, Jesus is called “the image of the invisible God.” Through Jesus we come to know and love God. With Jesus’ death and resurrection, God’s selfrevelation was complete.

5. Have the students complete the activity Why Study the Old Testament? on page 5. Let a few students tell which answers they checked.

6. Call on volunteers to read aloud the rest of page 5. Who is with Jesus in the picture on page 5? (disciples on the way to Emmaus)

What is Jesus doing? (explaining the Scriptures)

How do we know it was the Old Testament Jesus taught from and not the New Testament? (The New Testament wasn’t written yet.)

Why were the disciples filled with joy? (From the Scriptures they learned that Jesus’ death did not mean he wasn’t the Messiah. They could still hope in him.)

Why Study the Old Testament? Here are seven good reasons to study the Old Testament. Check the three that are most convincing to you.

❍ The history of the Jewish people is our history too.

❍ Jesus read, studied, and prayed the Hebrew Scriptures.

❍ The Old Testament is God’s Word.

❍ Educated people are expected to know Bible stories.

❍ The Old Testament helps us to understand Jesus.

❍ God speaks to us personally in the Bible.

❍ Reading the Old Testament helps us to understand our Jewish brothers and sisters. A story in Luke’s gospel tells how Jesus used Scripture to teach about himself. On Easter Sunday, Cleopas and a companion, who were disciples of Jesus, were on their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they walked, they talked about Jesus’ death and the rumors of his Resurrection. The risen Jesus joined them on the road, but they did not recognize him. When Jesus asked what they were discussing, the disciples told him how disappointed and confused they were. They had hoped that Jesus was their Messiah, the Savior. Jesus listened to their story. Then he explained how the Hebrew Scriptures foretold the events in Jerusalem. He pointed out how passages about the Messiah referred to Jesus. The disciples were filled with joy as their fellow traveler spoke. By evening they were near Emmaus. The two disciples invited Jesus to stay with them. While they were eating supper, Jesus took

bread and said the blessing. Then he broke the bread and gave it to them. With that, Cleopas and his friend recognized Jesus. Then Jesus disappeared. The disciples said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us as he spoke to us and opened the Scriptures to us?” Excitedly they returned to Jerusalem. There they spread the news that Jesus was risen. They told others what he had taught them. Jesus also helps us to know him and understand his teachings through Scripture. The persons and events in the Bible reveal to us the greatness of God’s love.

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Day Three 7. Complete Jesus Fulfilled Old Testament Promises on page 6 as a class.

A Moment with Jesus

8. Have a volunteer read aloud

Jesus helped the two disciples on the road to Emmaus to understand his teachings through Scripture. Take a moment to ask Jesus to help you this year to come to know him and his teachings through Scripture. Ask Jesus to fill you with his Holy Spirit so that you can recognize God's presence in the words of the Bible and in the people you meet each day.

A Sacred Deposit on page 6.


Read aloud A Moment with Jesus on page 6. Allow time for the students to pray independently.

Jesus Fulfilled Old Testament Promises Match each Old Testament reference with its New Testament fulfillment. Print the correct letter on the line.

Acting 1. Encourage the students to pray


short prayers throughout the day. Saying short prayers, just one or two sentences long, during the day can help us remember that God is with us, loving us, and that God wants us to come closer. Do you know short prayers you could pray while walking to school, down the halls, or anywhere, anytime?

2. Have the students


A Sacred Deposit When you get your allowance or you receive money for your birthday or other special occasions, you might put some of the money in a bank. When you put money in a bank for safekeeping, it is called "making a deposit." A deposit is something that is entrusted to someone or something else for safekeeping. Jesus gave to the Apostles a "sacred deposit"— his Word. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles shared Jesus' message and used it to bring God's Word to the people. Today, the Sacred Scripture, along with Sacred Tradition, is entrusted to the Church for safekeeping. The Church's bishops continue to safeguard and share this Sacred Deposit with the help of priests, religious men and women, and catechists. With the help of the bishops, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can understand what God, who is the author of the Sacred Scripture, is saying to us today.

Scripture Prayer Booklet

remove the Scripture booklet God’s Word Is Alive in God’s Word Is Alive in from the back of their books. Direct them to put the pages in sequence, fold them, and staple or tie them with yarn. Have the students write their names on the booklets and page through them. Name:




The Messiah will surrender himself to death and let himself be regarded as a sinner for the sake of sinners. (Isaiah 53:12) Jerusalem’s king will come victorious and humble, riding on a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9) The eyes of the blind will be opened; the ears of the deaf will be unsealed. (Isaiah 35:5)

A. Jesus healed many people. B. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while the people waved palm branches. C. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. D. Jesus suffered and died on the cross.

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Direct the students to page 2 of their Scripture booklets. Pray the prayer together and allow time for them to find the quotation in their Bibles and write a response. Some may wish to share their reflections. You might begin by sharing yours.


The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:1)

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CHECKPOINT PDF Signoff: Production _______

Design _______

Editorial _______

• Were the learning outcomes achieved? • Do the students understand the importance of studying the Old Testament?

4. Tell the students how they are to work through the booklet and the date(s) it is due. Point out page 12 where they can record verses, prayers, and reflections during the year.




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Day Four A Bible Journey Log LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student pages 7–8


The students will be able to • know that God’s main message in the Bible is “I love you.” • design a notebook or folder for materials on the Bible. • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts in this chapter.



We Remember How does God reveal himself to us? God reveals himself to us through creation, through Scripture, and through Jesus. What are some good reasons for reading the Old Testament? • The history of the Jewish people is our history too. • Jesus read, studied, and prayed the Hebrew Scriptures. • The Old Testament is God’s Word. • The Old Testament helps us to understand Jesus. • God speaks to us personally in the Bible. • Reading the Old Testament helps us to understand our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Materials • Bibles

What does it mean to refer to Sacred Scripture as a single sacred deposit of God’s Word? God's Word is entrusted to the Church for safekeeping.

• BLM 6 • BLM 7, Chapter 1 Quiz • Notebooks or folders

Things to Do at Home 1. Ask five people, including

Before You Begin

members of your family, why they think it is important to read the Bible. Report their answers to your class. 2. Read Psalm 91. Use it as a model to write a prayer telling God how you feel about his promises to protect you. 3. Read Jeremiah 7:23. Write a summary of what God tells us we must do to enjoy life with him.

1. The word revelation refers to

for the journey log, students can make a folder out of two sheets of heavy paper. If notebooks are used, students may divide them into sections: Vocabulary, Who’s Who, Prayers and Reflections, Creations, and Projects.

3. When planning today’s lesson, keep in mind that Day Four is when students take the quiz for this chapter. Reserve time at the end of class for this assessment. This quiz can also be administered on Day Five.

Psalm 89:2

Old Testament

• Song about God’s Word for Sharing #3, such as “Happy Those Who Hear The Word of God” from I Will Not Forget You.

2. Instead of buying Bible folders

The promises of the Lord I will sing forever, proclaim your loyalty through all ages.

Word to Know

• Daisies made in Day One’s lesson

God’s act of revealing himself to us gradually over the course of history. As Catholics, we believe that God’s revelation culminates in Jesus. In Jesus, the invisible God becomes visible. By proclaiming Christ to all nations, we cooperate in God’s revelation of himself to all people.

We Respond

4. Every night for a week, read a short passage from the Bible before you go to bed.

5. Discuss with your family what this Sunday’s readings tell you about God.

6. Find out whether your family has a special Bible. If so, look through it together. Talk about why the Bible is special, and where it can be placed in your home to honor its important role in your lives. If your family does not have a Bible, make arrangements to purchase a family Catholic Bible and display it in a place of honor in your home.

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1. Review the last lesson.

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In the last class, you learned some ways that God reveals himself. What are these ways? (through creation, through the Bible, and through Jesus) Of these, which is the best way? (Jesus)

Today you will prepare for your study of the Bible this year. You will make something that will help you accept God’s invitation to journey with the Chosen People.

2. Talk about the main message of the Bible. ✦

If you could tell your friends only one thing about yourself, what would you choose to tell? [After some time for thought, invite the students to share their answers with a partner.]

Although there are many pages and many books in the Bible, God is really giving only one message. What do you think it is? [Let some students write their answers on the board.]

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Day Four



Studying the Old Testament Unscramble the words below to complete each sentence.

main message of the Bible and compare it to their responses. Among the letters in the New Testament are three called letters of John, the apostle who was very close to Jesus. A summary of the Bible’s message about God is found in 1 John 4:16. Can someone locate this in the Bible and read it aloud? (“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”)

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God’s Chosen People were the

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We call the scriptures of the Hebrew people the creation ntrociea

God reveals himself in


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The Old Testament tells about God’s

for the Chosen People.

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The Old Testament tells how the Hebrews

to God’s love.

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The Old Testament reveals God’s plan to

all people. himself meihslf

On the way to Emmaus, Jesus used Hebrew Scriptures to teach about Jesus studied and

2. Distribute notebooks or folders,

prayed ypeadr


the Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus sejsu

The Old Testament helps us understand

or ask the students to take out theirs. Explain: ✦ What is a log, other than a piece of wood? (a full record of a journey) This year you will keep a journey log. ✦



1. Help the students locate the

. events nevest

Some verses of the Old Testament foreshadow

in Jesus’ life.

A Bible Ad Complete this ad for the Bible.

Take and Read

You will be learning many new terms and ideas in your study of the Old Testament. To help remember these and the people and events, you will record them in your log. During the year, you can add important words and definitions, maps, art, and worksheets; and you can complete some activities right in your log.

Old Testament

● Journey with the Chosen People by reading the


● Come to know about God’s great


● Find out about God’s plan to ● Learn more about your journey to God’s

you. kingdom

● Discover how to meet God and listen to God through his Word in the ●




. Scriptures or Bible


, the Son of God, will help you.


3. BLM 6 Using BLM 6 Bible

Activities, give directions for decorating the Bible notebooks. ✦ Pass out copies of BLM 6. You might play background music as the students work. ✦

Take out the daisies you made.

Choose one of the quotations from the list on the worksheet and letter it on the front of your log. You might practice first on another paper in order to decide on a style of print and spacing. [Let some students put sample styles on the board.]


In designing the cover, plan a place to put your daisy. It will remind you that the reason for your Bible study is to let Jesus shine in your life.





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You can make a border around your quotation or complete it in another artistic way. PDF Signoff: Production _______ When you finish the cover, do the activity on the worksheet. This exercise will help you to become more familiar with the names of the Old Testament books.

Lead the class in a prayer response to God’s Word. Lord, your Word is full of power and love. Help us to listen to your Word and to do whatever it tells us. You may add your own prayers in your heart. [Pause.] We ask all this through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.


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Acting 1. Lead the students Design _______ Editorial through _______ the Summary and Review Activities, pages 7–8.

2. BLM 7 Distribute and administer BLM 7, Chapter 1 Quiz. Use this as an opportunity to assess the students’ understanding of the main concepts of the chapter. If there is not sufficient time for the students to complete the quiz, consider moving it to Day Five.

3. Encourage the use of the Bible at home. You will be using the Bible often in class, but you can also let God’s Word be the Word of Life

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Day Five for you by reading at least one passage each day at home. ✦

Before reading the Bible, you might pray the quotation on the cover of your journey log, asking for help to hear and understand God’s Word. Would someone be willing to share how their quotation could become a prayer before reading the Bible? Here is an example:

“Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” Dear God, I listen to many things: the radio and TV, my friends, teachers, parents, but I don’t always hear what is said. Please help me listen and hear your message for me now. I know your Word will help me be happy.

CHECKPOINT • Were the learning outcomes achieved? • What attitudes toward the Bible were reflected by the way the students worked?

4. At the end of class, have the students tear out and take home pages 7–8.

Day Five Extending the Chapter Use the following suggestions to create an additional lesson for Day Five.

1. Remind the students to take home pages 7–8 to share what they are learning with their families.

2. Incorporate any unused BLMs

3. Consider the time of the

5. Use activities from Enriching

liturgical year and use the appropriate Special Seasons and Lessons. SSLs begin on page T335.

4. Visit to find additional activities for Extending the Chapter.

the Faith Experience.

6. Guide the students in a prayerful discussion of Sunday’s Scripture readings. Visit for more information.

from the week’s chapter.

Chapter 1 Enriching the Faith Experience Use the following activities to create enrich a lesson or to replace an activity with one that better meets the needs of your class.

1. Invite the students to designate an outdoor space that they can think of as their “sacred space.” Encourage them to go there often for personal prayer and to do what they can to show care for God’s creation.

2. Have the students write personal responses to God’s invitation from Day Three’s lesson. These can be kept in their journey logs.

3. Direct the students to label a page in their log “Prayers for the Journey.” Have them list

short prayers that can be prayed by heart as portable journey prayers. Offer these starters: “My Lord and my God.” “Your Word is a light on my path.” “Son of David, have pity on me.” Suggest that they add to the list whenever they find a short prayer they like, or that they compose one.

4. Have the students plan a prayer celebration for enthroning the Bible in the classroom.

5. Have the students plan a TV commercial urging people to read the Bible. The students may work alone or in groups.

broadcast might include an introduction, a passage from Scripture, a homily on the passage, and a commercial. The students might broadcast the program over the school public-address system.

7. Ask the students to find pictures of everyday happenings and to print beneath each picture a verse from the Bible that shows how our daily experiences can bring us closer to God.

8. Make a class visit to church and pray silently, or aloud in unison, Psalm 105.

6. Ask for volunteers to plan a Bible radio broadcast. The

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