- Tell the young people that some people benefit from having connections in high places.
- Invite them to imagine to whom they wish they had a connection.
- Distribute index cards to the young people and have them complete the following sentence: I wish I knew someone who… (Example: I wish I knew someone who could get me a backstage pass to my favorite singer’s concert.)
- When the young people have finished, invite volunteers to read aloud their cards.
- Point out that Catholics think of Mary as someone who has a privileged connection to Jesus and that, in our prayers, we often ask Mary to help us grow closer to her son, Jesus.
- Say: The Gospel for the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary tells us the story of how God called Mary to accept a special role.
- Invite volunteers to read aloud Luke 1:26-38.
- Ask: How did Mary first respond to the greeting of the angel? (She was troubled; she asked how this could be possible.) What does Mary finally say to the angel? (“I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be as you say.”) Do you think it was easy for Mary to respond this way? Why or why not?
- Say: Mary is a model of discipleship for us because she said yes to God and cooperated with God’s plan by becoming the mother of Jesus. We honor Mary because she is the Mother of Jesus and our Mother as well. We can grow closer to God through Mary because of the special place she has in relationship to Jesus.
- Conclude by praying together the Hail Mary.
Teaching About Mary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2009
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