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Confirmation Prep. lesson 15

"Why do I have to go to Mass?"

Welcome back! This week's lesson begins on page 135 in your workbook.

Since the Middle Ages, Christians have practiced lectio divina, a slow, prayerful reading of Scripture. Every time you read the Word of God, He gives you His grace. Today, in our opening prayer, you will place yourself at the table of the Last Supper. Picture the dimly lit room. Imagine the smells of bread and wine, the feel of the old wooden table in front of you. Then imagine looking into the eyes of Jesus as He says, "This is my body." He is looking right at you--fully aware that this is his last meal and that shortly after it, he will be taken away, tortured, and killed... for you.

If you have a Bible, open it to Luke 22:14-20.

Let us pray + in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

"When the hour came, Jesus and His Apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, 'I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.' After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, 'Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.' And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you'."

- Luke 22:14-20

Dive in! on page 136. As an introduction to the video lessons today, read, For Better or for... Bored?

Watch it! Login to your ascensionpress.com account and watch the video lessons for lesson 15. Follow each video with the response questions on page 137.

After Segment 1, ask yourself: Do you think it is important to go to Mass every week? Why or why not?

Can you describe what happens during the Eucharistic prayer?

Do you think that sometimes we "miss" the whole point of Mass and that is why so many people fail to make it a priority?

After segment 2, consider this: Why would Jesus give Himself to us in the Eucharist? What does He expect from us?

Besides the Eucharist, where else do we encounter God at the Mass?

After segment 3, can you answer this: What does it mean that we are invited to "full conscious and active" participation in the Mass? What can you do to come to Mass better prepared to pray and participate?

Adoration is one way to grow closer to Jesus and prepare our hearts to receive Him at Mass. Have you ever been to Adoration? Reflect back on your experience.

Wrap up with

To The Heart with Brian Butler

on pages 138 - 139.

Our Hero of the Week is Bl. Miguel Pro, a Mexican martyr who risked his life to administer the Eucharist! Read about him on page 140.

Lastly, choose a challenge for the week from page 141.

How is your saint name search going? When you have chosen your saint, let me know! Email me (Miss Lindsey) your saint name once you have chosen it! Email: lwilbur@spparnell.org.

Have a great week and God bless you!

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