Say: Jesus was sent by God, the Father, to bring light to the world and share his message. Jesus’ message is for all of us to live as good, faithful people. Using magazines and newspapers, have children cut out pictures of different people from all over the world and make a collage that shows how the Light of Jesus Christ touches us all. Display the collages around the room or in the vestibule of the church during the week leading up to Christmas.
Ask: What do we mean when we say “margins of society”? Allow answers, and then repeat to children the reflection’s line: Those who surround the manger are images of powerlessness in the eyes of the world. Ask children why shepherds, children, and unwed mothers were considered on the margins of society in Jesus’ time. Have children think about those who are considered on the margins of society today. Ask children to name ways we can personally help those who are in need, such as donating food and clothing to the homeless and visiting the ill and homebound. Lead children in prayer for those who need God and our support the most, especially at this time of year, when many might not have the warm comfort of shelter.