...is coming right up, and I am on Children's Liturgy of the Word duty, my second session of this new academic year. I'm going to be preparing my lesson tomorrow, but I looked at my liturgy preparation sheets provided by the religious education office and I see that we're going to be talking about Jesus interacting with his disciples and answering their questions about how to best follow Him.
The provided sheets always begin with a section called "Liturgical Season Background" that I enjoy reading, and I almost always use the information in here when I'm talking to the kids. For this session that section relays that the final weeks of Ordinary Time (Advent draws closer!) form a pattern until the feast of Christ the King of "adventures with Jesus." The way that Mark writes about this time is to focus on what it means to be a person of faith and follower of Jesus. I always talk to the children about our current place in the liturgical calendar: what is happening now and what is coming around the corner. This always seems to capture their attention. I also put out a cloth on our little table that is the color of the current liturgical season to illustrate things.
I'm actually looking forward to my installment this coming Sunday rather than dreading it like last time (although that session went beautifully) so I'm hoping for another good one. Sometimes I'm so convinced that God wants me to move in a different direction but things happen that cause me to not in fact veer my path. And then it seems that things work out in the original circumstance so much better than I could have imagined. I don't know if that's what is going on here in Children's Liturgy of the Word, but I'm keeping my eyes open. One never knows.