St. John the Baptist was a prophet who accepted God’s call to share the Good News. He preached to large numbers of people who gathered to hear the message of God. Provide magazines and newspapers for children to make a collage that imitates Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s painting, using photos of people and natural landscapes to mimic the composition and vivid color of the original. If possible, display the finished pieces around a copy of the original and discuss the different interpretations of the same painting.
As a prophet, St. John the Baptist traveled far and wide to tell people of the Good News of Christ. St. John relied on large gatherings of people to be able to hear his message so that they, too, could go out and preach the Word. Have children imagine if John the Baptist lived in today’s world, where social media is one of the fastest and most widespread ways to communicate. Have young people choose a social media platform, such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and write what some of John’s messages would be or look like on that platform. Remind young people to think of the best way to spread an important message and to name some of the problems John the Baptist would encounter by only using social media to preach. Share and discuss ideas.