Theme: Feed them yourselves.
Luke 9: 11-17. The miracle story of Christ feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. In the Body and Blood of Christ (the Eucharist), all are fed abundantly.
Jesus tells his disciples facing the multitudes to feed them yourselves.
[Teacher dramatizes the lesson.]
Teacher walks into the classroom a few minutes late (making sure teacher assistants know in advance and have the class under control). After opening prayer …
Teacher to class:
“Good-morning children. I apologize for being late. I haven’t even had time to have my breakfast. Do you mind if I have something to eat first? I am starving!”
Teacher pulls coffee and a bagel (or croissant or bread roll) from a paper bag and begins to eat.
“Ummm this is good.”
Teacher stops eating and addresses class.
“Ok, who can tell what I am doing that is wrong?”
Teacher will get different replies and all are OK, but the one he/she is looking for is ‘being selfish’ or ‘putting him/herself before others’ or ‘not offering some food to them.’
“You are right, but I don’t have enough food to feed all of you breakfast!
“You know, this reminds me of a story in the Bible, when Jesus and his disciples fed 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish.”
Teacher goes on to tell the story of the miracle of feeding the 5,000, covering the following points:
- only miracle mentioned in all four Gospels of the New Testament
- according to the Matthew account, 5,000 men plus women and children
- Jesus asks his disciples to feed the people who have gathered to hear him speak
- Jesus’ disciples were going to send the people away because they did not have enough food
- one disciple notices that one boy had a basket of 5 loaves of bread and two fish
- Jesus says that will do
- the disciples are doubtful but they obey Jesus
- not only was the entire crowd fed, but there were twelve baskets of food (note that there were twelve disciples) left over
Teacher to class:
“ What do you think the lesson in this miracle story is?”
Teacher will get different replies and all are OK, but the ones he/she is looking for are:
- put others before yourself
- give to others what you can and God will provide the rest
- serving others is pleasing to God
- Jesus was proving or demonstrating to the disciples that God will give them whatever they need (from resources to inspiration) to spread the Word
- trust in God
[Teacher gives a personal example of something a child could do for others.]
“When my daughter (name) was just a little older than you, she did something that made me very proud of her. It was just a little thing but I will never forget it. Her homeroom schoolteacher was passing out candy to the class and she didn’t have enough for everybody. Two girls in the class didn’t get any. So, before the teacher could figure out what to do, my daughter broke her candy in half and gave one half to each of the two girls — keeping none for herself. She could have broken the candy into three pieces but she wanted each girl to have as much as possible. She put the two girls before herself.”