"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold." Luke 8:5-
turn into "Thorn bush, thorn bush, thorn bush, fruit."??????
Remember that game of telephone you used to play when you were a kid? Where you would whisper in someone's ear, and they would whisper to their neighbor, and so on, until it got to the end of the line and the last person would say what they heard?
Well, we played that game tonight in CCD, in an effort to show that the bible, while written by people who either witnessed events occurring in the bible, or spoke with people who did, are sometimes telling the same story, but we hear/read something entirely different.
We started by telling a group of kids the story (above) and then had them return to their groups and pass that story around. I knew my group was in trouble the minute the second kid's story was MUCH shorter than what was read. LOL
In the end, we had 4 stories. I chose the thorn bush one to tell because it was the funniest tonight, but also because it seems to echo what we do when we tell a story, pick out what we think is important and then pass it on.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.....
Four men, writing about the same things, but sometimes saying different things. Sometimes not even telling a story at all, as in the birth of Jesus (do you know which Gospel(s) doesn't include the story of the birth of Jesus? If not, look it up -- or ask your kids! They can tell you. If you really want to know, ask me and I'll clue you in.
Four men, writing from very different perspectives, about the same things. And yet we hear different things from each one.
It was a VERY interesting class tonight -- one I wish we could can.....the kids appeared to be very into this, and trying to learn about each Gospel -- or at least the one they were in charge of.
By the way, if your child is in our class -- their assignment is this:
1. To tell you about our class, and help you learn. :)
2. To ask the Easter bunny for a Catholic Youth Bible (or their choice of bible) if they need a new one.
3. To consider using the bible as part of their lenten promises. :)
Cool class, cool kids. Love the other teachers. I am blessed.
Until next time,