First Sunday in Lent
Gospel from Cycle C
(All three of the above scriptures were used in developing today’s skit.)
Crowd (the congregation)
The Holy Spirit led Jesus from the River Jordan out into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing for 40 whole days and nights. Now he is very hungry.
(Talking to himself)
Boy, I sure am hungry. It’s been 40 days and 40 nights since I have eaten.
If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.
It is written, “One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
(Agitated, the Devil stomps up and down until he gets an idea.)
The Devil took Jesus by the hand and dragged him up on top of a mountain.
(Devil snapping his fingers and then spreading arms out wide)
Out there you see all the kingdoms of the world. I will give to you all this power and glory. It has been given to me. I can give it to whoever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you get down on your knees and worship me.
I worship you. I worship you.
(Devil looks at the snake and he slithers off stage)
(Very agitated, he stomps up and down until he gets another idea.)
(The Devil takes
Jesus by the hand and drags him to
If you are the Son of God, jump down from up here.
It is written: “God will command his angels to guard and protect you. With their hands they will hold you up, so you won’t hurt your foot against a stone."
It also says, 'You shall not put the Lord, your God, to a test.
(The devil is ticked
off so much, he stomps about 10 times.
Then he looks at
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to a test.
(Devil stomps, throws his hands up in the air and walks away leaving Jesus alone. Turns around and says)
I’ll be back.
Then the angels came and ministered to him.
Drink this water.
Eat this bread.
Thank you. Now I must go.
We’ll help you down.
(Angels help Jesus down from the temple.)
Jesus went to
(to the crowd)
This is the time of
At St. John Neumann Catholic Church children are discussing what happens when the devil tempts them.
When you choose to do good things, God smiles at you.
If you choose to do bad things, then God says: “Stop. Repent. Tell me you are sorry. Make plans to choose to do good next time.”
God gives you everything you need, the brains, the power, the control, and the money to do his will.
Not always. I get these awful temptations to hit my sister.
What do you do?
I hit her. Then I feel bad because she is hurt and bruised. What can I do when the devil tempts me?
I open my front door and said, “Out devil, in the name of Jesus Christ.”
If that doesn’t work, I pray, “God, I am sorry. Please forgive me. Help me say, “No” to evil.
Then what happens?
God says, “My child, go in peace. I forgive you. Because my Son died on the cross, your sins are erased.”
What about my sister? I really get mad with her.
It would be good if you could forgive her.
It’s hard to forgive her. She keeps breaking my toys. I know hitting my sister is not right but I keep on doing it. I get very mad with myself, too.
God forgives you, so forgive yourself.
Knowing God forgives me makes me feel better.
What could you do when you get angry, instead of hitting your sister? You need a plan to help you choose God’s way next time. What’s your plan? What are you going to do next time?
I will probably hit him.
You really need help, don’t you?
(Asking children and adults in congregation)
What could Sadie plan to do when she gets angry, instead of hitting her sister?
(Ideas are written on poster board and brought forward)
Say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Pray for yourself and your sister.
Take a walk.
Read the Bible.
Draw a picture.
Clean out your closet and give 3 things to the needy.
Save money to buy a new stuffed animal to give to a child who has been in a fire or car wreck.
Take out the trash.
Make up a new blessing and say it at supper.
Talk with your sister. Ask her to forgive you. Forgive her for what she did that made you very angry.
Those are great ideas. Now I have a plan. Now I see how I can forgive myself and my brother, too. Look out, devil, I am ready for you now.
May all of us have the power and courage to say, “No” to the devil and “Yes” to you, God.
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