Step 3: Explore Scripture and Tradition


READ ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: 

6TH GRADE: Jeremiah 1:4-10 

7TH GRADE: Matthew 28:1-20 

8TH GRADE: Acts 2:1-13 

REFLECT: Have you ever done something that scared you, but you knew it was the right thing to do? How did you feel afterwards? Why? 

How does God help or encourage people in this passage to go forth in joy? What challenges or fears do they face? How do you think they feel after they do what God asks of them? Why? 

WHAT DOES THE CHURCH SAY? 

In Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis teaches that “the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.” As missionary disciples, we are each called to “go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel.” When we share this love, we experience joy, which is a sign that the Gospel is being proclaimed. 

While we are called to go forth to everyone without exception, we must “above all” seek to know and love “the poor and the sick, those who are usually despised and overlooked, ‘those who cannot repay you.’”