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Living the Good News Curriculum
Gospel Story Matthew 10:40-42
“Welcome, Jesus. We are blessed with your presence.
Gather & Listen to Story
Jesus says to his friends, “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me.”
“That sounds easy,” says James. He turns to Peter and gives him a hug. “Welcome, Jesus!” says James.
Jesus laughs. “That’s right. You share in my work. I share in your life. When people see what you do, they see me. When people welcome you, they welcome me.”
“Even if they just give a hug?” asks Peter.
“Even if they just give a cup of cold water,” says Jesus. “If people give even a drink of water to you because you are my friend, they welcome me.”
the Gospel story
◆ When is welcoming others, in the spirit of Jesus, difficult if not impossible?
◆ When are the times when you have felt genuinely welcomed in this same spirit?
◆ What things to we and others do that seem welcoming on the surface, but really don’t
turn out to be that way.
◆ What things do we think, say or believe that blind us to the welcome that others extend
◆ Jesus mentions “a cup of cold water” as a symbol of welcome. What are contemporary
examples of a gesture of welcome we could offer?
Make cards for people who make a big difference in their lives—friends, family members,
teachers or others.
Directions to participants:
◆ Fold a 5" x 7" index card in half (to make a 5" x 3½" folded greeting card).
◆ Open the card. Use felt pens or colored pencils to draw a picture on the right-hand side.
◆ The picture should show a little thing making a big difference. For example, you could show someone handing a cup of cold water to a thirsty person.
◆ Hold a pin on the center of the little thing you have drawn. Close the card, making a pinhole in the card front.
◆ Cut a tiny opening around the pinhole. Gradually enlarge this opening to make a window that shows only the little thing in your picture, for example, the cup of water.
◆ Brainstorm appropriate words to add to the cards. For example, one could write,
“You make a big difference to me” or “A little thing...makes a big difference.” You could
also use words from Matthew 10:40-42 or personalized, individual notes. Encourage each person to give their cards to the people they have chosen.
Close with prayer
"Jesus, help me to following you and be welcoming like you this week.