The Conditions of Discipleship Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Lesson Overview

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, Jesus explains that in order to follow Him, we must deny ourselves and take up our cross. In this lesson, students will consider if the things in their life lead them to or draw them away from God.

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. Then, have your students complete the Choosing God activity. When they have drawn a picture of their favorite thing or activity, read the reflection
    aloud as they follow along. Then, have them answer the reflection questions.
  3. When they have finished, call on students, or ask volunteers, to share and discuss their answers with the class.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. He will suffer, be killed, and on the third day be raised.
  2. He takes Jesus aside and rebukes Him, telling Him that such a thing shall happen to Him.
  3. He calls Peter Satan and says, 鈥淕et behind me!鈥 because Peter is being an obstacle to Him. He is thinking as the world does instead of how God does.
  4. Anyone who wants to follow Jesus must take up his Cross and follow Him.
  5. They will lose it.
  6. They will find it.

Choosing God Reflection Questions

Accept reasoned answers.

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