In Chapter 18 of Christ Our Life, Grade 7, young people are invited to reflect on their spiritual health. After reading that a healthy spiritual life is friendship with God, young people are asked to evaluate where they are right now in their spiritual lives and their faith. Have young people fill out the Spiritual Life Inventory in their books. When finished, tell students to draw a scale including 10 segments. Mark one end with “1” and the other with “10.” Invite young people to look over their answers in the spiritual inventory and have them rate themselves on a scale of 1 (weak spiritual life) to 10 (strong spiritual life). Have young people reflect on ways to improve their spiritual lives or ways to remind themselves to be more active in maintaining their friendship with God. Encourage those who marked their spiritual life as 10 (healthy) to brainstorm ways to share the message of God. Be sure to point out that this is private and their answers will not be collected.
When finished, say: The merchants in the Temple had to reassess their motives and actions. This painting begs us to wonder what kind of people we are and how Jesus would see us if he walked into the room right now. Do we flee? Do we passively observe? Do we ignore? Do we learn from the lesson and make amends? Encourage young people to periodically think about the Spiritual Life Inventory as a way to refocus their actions and motives.