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The young people will be able to tell the story of the birth and preaching of John the Baptist.
Luke 1:5-25 (the announcement of John the Baptist's birth)
Luke 1:39-56 (Mary's visit to Elizabeth and the Canticle of Mary)
Luke 1:57-80 (the birth of John the Baptist and the Canticle of Zechariah)
Luke 3:1-18 (the preaching of John the Baptist)
John the Baptist baptized with water and prepared the way for the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. When we were baptized in Jesus' name, we received the gift of the Holy Spirit. We were given the responsibility to live as Christ's disciples. What is one of our responsibilities as a Christian disciple? (to give witness to Christ)
How did John the Baptist give witness to Christ? (by telling what kind of person Christ would be and by letting the people know how to prepare for him)
How can giving witness to Christ be a good way for us to prepare for his coming? (We would be living the way God wants us to.)
During Advent, we are also called to repent and to change our lives to prepare the way for Jesus. We take the time to examine our lives to see if we are giving witness to Jesus in the things we say and do. We take the time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Check the parish schedule to see when there will be opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.