Denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees – Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Lesson Overview

In this week鈥榮 Gospel passage, Jesus denounces the scribes and Pharisees for their pride. He proclaims that whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. In this lesson, students will explore what various saints say about the virtue of humility.

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Directions

  1. Have your students read the Gospel passage for the week and complete the focus questions.
  2. Review and discuss the answers when they have completed the focus questions.
  3. Have your students write a response to the writing prompt from The Saints on Humility.
  4. Gather students together and discuss the main points from their answers.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. On the chair of Moses
  2. Because the scribes and Pharisees preach but they do not practice.
  3. Heavy burdens hard to carry
  4. To be seen. They love places of honor, and to be called 鈥昍abbi.
  5. Because there is only one Father in Heaven and there is but one master, the Christ.
  6. Their servant
  7. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

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