“Body of Christ!” AMEN!
Yes, we are the Body of Christ – AMEN! I Believe! We are baptized into Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; we are nourished with the Bread of Life; we drink from the cup, the Blood of Jesus, the Christ! The Resurrected Jesus comes into our world through you and me! Amen! I Believe! This proclamation of our Faith reaches way beyond what are little ones comprehend as they ready their hearts for First Communion. How do they come to experience the Body of Christ
Sunday’s SCORE class animated “the Body of Christ.” The children, entering into the experience, gathered in a circle held together with yarn.”Look around, what’s holding our class together?” “Yarn!” they responded enthusiastically, as some of the children tugged at the yarn, others wrapped it around their fingers and hands. The next question, I called the “First Communion” question: “Whom holds us together? A reflective pause, then slowly they responded…”Jesus!” It was at this time, I reminded that children that Jesus prayed at the Last Supper, “that all may be one.” Like the yarn that holds us together, Jesus, in Communion holds us as one. Together, “We are the Body of Christ!” Amen!
Class was then divided into four groups of 4 or 5 children. With the help of Violette, our junior catechist, and Jon-Paul and Marya Champine, the yarn was cut in four parts and children were directed to 4 different stations. At each station, they worked together creating the “Body of Christ” mobile. Two shapes, a 6″ circle and an 8″ rectangle. On one side of the circle, “The Body of Christ – AMEN,” the other, “Jesus invites me to be of service.”
The class flowed ever so gently, on “The Body of Christ – Amen” circle, the children drew a picture of themselves. I encouraged them to ask you for their picture, and to paste it to the circle to remind them that they are the Body of Christ. Their mobile would be a reminder that each one of us, you, your child, me; that we ALL are members of the Body of Christ. AMEN! I Believe! Their attention turned to the rectangular shape where they were instructed to write a “Thank You” prayer to Jesus. As an example, I shared with them, “Thank You Jesus for coming into my life; for sharing Your Life with me.”
Our next step, “Jesus invites me to be of service” the children either drew a picture, or wrote one act that they can do to be of service in their school, in their neighborhood, and within their family. What can they do to be the hands of Jesus in their communities? This speaks to being SENT at the end of Mass- “Go in Peace to love and serve God by loving and serving one another.”
As class came to an end, we gathered once again in a circle. This time, each child presented their mobiles to me. As our closing prayer, with each child I reverently held up their “Body of Christ – Amen” mobile, and with the picture they drew of themselves facing each one, I prayerfully said, “You are the Body of Christ.” And each child responded, “Amen!”
It is my Easter prayer and hope that they will grow in a profound awareness and a deepening faith – “Yes, I am the Body of Christ; Yes, I am sent forth to love and serve God, by loving and serving one another.” Yes! Amen! I Believe!