A very effective way to begin any religious education class is to focus on some current event and use it as an opportunity to segue into your lesson. The current story of the amazing rescue of trapped miners in Chile is a perfect example. I had no class this week because of Columbus Day however I have no doubt that I will find a way to use this story in my class for this upcoming Monday. Just stop and look at the elements of the story that can be tapped into:
- the cave in – can be compared to humankind’s fall from grace as well as our own individual moments of falling from grace
- ongoing communication – a feed was established so that communication could take place…this could be compared to our need for prayer
- reliance upon nutrition and supplies – the miners survived because of the stream of food and supplies that were able to be sent down to them…”give us this day our daily bread!”
- the rescuers first descended – before anyone was brought up in the capsule, a rescuer descended into the mine to be one with the miners…this can be compared to the Incarnation
- the joy of rescue – the looks on the faces of those being rescued and their families and friends…this is the joy that we carry with us, knowing of the salvation we have received in Christ Jesus.