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Eucharistic Presence

As an introduction to the presentation on Eucharistic Presence, I asked Dorothea, age 5, and a classmate what we know about the Good Shepherd. Dorothea explained, “he cares for the sheep.” The classmate said, “He protects them from wolves and other attackers.” We read the Good Shepherd scripture booklet. When I wondered who the Good Shepherd is, they both said, “Jesus.” When I wondered who the sheep are, Dorothea replied, “his disciples.” When I asked if it were only the disciples and wondered who Jesus calls by name, Dorothea said, “me.” The classmate said, “me too!” They both pointed to a sheep which represented themselves. The classmate brought up the last sheep and how he had seen a picture of the Last Supper where one person was turned away and didn’t have a halo; the classamte wondered if Jesus called him. I asked how would it be possible to turn away from Jesus, and Dorothea replied, sinning – “things God and our parents don’t want us to do.” The classmate added, “being mean.” I asked about what Jesus does if we’re lost, and invited them to listen to the Found Sheep scripture booklet. Afterwards when I asked about what the shepherd did, they mentioned that he had looked for and found and carried the sheep and that he had celebrated. I asked about what Jesus is saying will happen if we choose to turn away. The classmate replied, “He’ll look for us!” and Dorothea added, “He’ll celebrate!” When I wondered if Jesus would do this for everyone, they both said yes. I then introduced the pasture of the church in the Eucharistic Presence material and how Jesus calls by name. Dorothea said that Jesus is in the bread and wine. The classmate asked, “But why does Jesus want us to eat a piece of his body?” I wondered if that was what Jesus offered. Dorothea said, “Jesus offers ALL of himself.” The classmate replied, “Oh! I get it.” We then exchanged figures of people for the figures of sheep. Afterwards I asked if all of the people at the table were the same and we discussed differences. Then I asked if Jesus calls only one type of person to the table. Both replied, “No, everyone.” Then the classmate added, “Everyone in the whole world.”