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The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

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Lesson Overview

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, Jesus begins His Galilean ministry by calling the first Apostles. These men leave their old lives behind and immediately follow Christ. In this lesson, students will consider the sacrifices required to be a follower of Christ and how they can respond to Jesus鈥 call in their own lives.

Lesson Materials


  1. Read the Gospel passage aloud to your students as they follow along. Then discuss the focus and reflection questions with them as a class.
  2. Show your students part of the video 鈥淔ishers of Men鈥 produced by the USCCB Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation (from 6:46 to the end of the video). The video can be found at the following link:
  3. Then, have students work individually to complete the The Call of a Disciple activity. When complete, ask for student volunteers to share and discuss their responses.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. Galilee. A prophecy of Isaiah鈥檚 was fulfilled.
  2. 鈥淩epent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.鈥
  3. Simon Peter and his brother Andrew. They were fishermen. Jesus said He would make them 鈥渇ishers of men.鈥
  4. They all immediately left what they were doing and followed Him.

The Call of a Disciple

Accept reasoned answers for both questions.

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