|Ask students to share their puzzles with the class, particularly the middle piece of each puzzlewhat brought the two elements together?
Here are some thoughts to share and discuss:
Things in this world can seem unjust and unfair. Sometimes high school cliques can feel as hurtful as a rich man not feeding a poor man. The cool kids get privileges while the disadvantaged and nerdy kids get pushed around and made fun of. But revenge is not ours to take. God will repay everyone according to their deeds.
RESPOND: (5 minutes)
Hand out the response reading to students. Divide into two groups and read it. After reading it through once, read it again, this time changing lines so that Group 1 now reads Group 2 lines and vice versa. Close with the prayer.
INSIGHTS FROM SCRIPTURE:
People in the world look at material goods and status, but those things can’t buy happiness or eternal life. At the same time, poor people won’t get into heaven just because they are poor or have suffered their whole lives. Eternal life isn’t about earthly possessions or lack thereof. It is about knowing God.
Another important point in this passage is that we, as North Americans, considered rich in comparison to much of the rest of the world. Where are the Lazarus’s in our world? We are called to help anyone who is our neighbor, and that neighbor is both across the street and around the world.
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