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Saying of Faith and the Attitude of a Servant

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage Jesus teaches His Apostles about the power of faith and about how we should not seek profit or praise for doing the minimum God asks of us. In this lesson, students will reflect upon how to be a servant of God and how with God, nothing is impossible, even for the least or smallest among us.

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A. Have your students read the Gospel passage for the week and complete the focus and reflection questions.

B. Review and discuss the answers when they have completed the focus questions.

C. Have your students read and complete the Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed activity.

D. Review and discuss the answers together when they have completed the activity.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. 鈥淚ncrease our faith.鈥
  2. 鈥淚f you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 鈥楤e uprooted and planted in the sea,鈥 and it would obey you.鈥
  3. Jesus is suggesting that His Apostles currently have only a small amount of faith 鈥 smaller than a mustard seed.
  4. One does not praise or reward their servant for doing only what is expected of him.
  5. A servant should obediently and humbly do what is expected of him without expectation of a reward or praise.

Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed Focus and Reflection Questions

  1. A prophet to the nations.
  2. He did not know how to speak because he was too young.
  3. 鈥淒o not say, 鈥業 am too young.鈥 To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak.鈥
  4. God would be with him to deliver him and place His words in his mouth.
  5. God appointed Jeremiah over nations and over kingdoms, and gave him the power to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant.
  6. Jesus told His Apostles that with only a small amount of faith, they could do seemingly impossible things. Likewise, Jeremiah felt small, too young, to do what God asked of Him, but with God, even the smallest, or youngest, or least important can accomplish great, seemingly impossible things.
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  8. Accept reasoned answers.
  9. Accept reasoned answers.

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