Cycle C

Skit C3

3rd Sunday in Advent

Luke 3:10-18 New American Bible

 

ďShare with the Person Who Has NoneĒ

Written by Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2006 Joan Y. Edwards. www.joanyedwards.com/ All rights reserved.

For permission to print copies, change the name of the church to your own, and to perform it, please contact joanyedwards@earthlink.net

 

Links on my site related to Cycle C, Third Sunday in Advent

Devotional http://www.joanyedwards.com/ChildrensLiturgy/GoodNewsC3.htm

Wordsearch http://www.joanyedwards.com/wordsearch/C3SharewithOthers.html††

Crossword http://www.joanyedwards.com/crossword/C3SharewithOthers.html

 

Site about wheat http://www.lakecountyshow.org/grain.htm

 

Characters

Narrator

John the Baptist

Crowd (Tax collectors and Soldiers and others)

Tax Collector 1

Tax Collector 2 (With signs like at political conventions)

Soldier 1

Soldier 2

Theodore

Pedro

Anastasia

Christina

 

Narrator

John the Baptist was going through the desert region near the Jordan River baptizing for the forgiveness of sins.

John the Baptist

Therefore every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Crowd

What then should we do?

John the Baptist

Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.

Tax Collector 1

Teacher, we are tax collectors.What should we do?

John the Baptist

Stop collecting more than what is owed on the records.Donít

take more than the taxpayers owe and put it in your own pockets.

 

Soldier #1

We are soldiers.What should we do?

John the Baptist

Do not use your authority and threaten people with harm to get money from them. Do not falsely accuse anyone. Be satisfied with the money the army pays you for your wages.

Narrator

Now the people were filled with wonder, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah.

 

Soldier 2

Do you think this man is the Messiah?

Tax Collector 2

He could be.

John the Baptist

I am not the Messiah. I baptize you with water.A man is coming who is mightier than I am.I am not worthy to loosen the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

 

Soldier 1

What will this Jesus do?

 

John the Baptist

He will gather the wheat seeds into his barn, but the chaff, seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves, he will burn with unquenchable fire.

 

Narrator

John the Baptist told them many more ways to repent for their sins and change their lives.Evidence of people still doing what John the Baptist preached is still evident at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Letís look as four teens look for proof that the words of John the Baptist still mean something to people today.

 

Anastasia

What are you looking for?

Theodore

(Using big magnifying glasses)

I am looking for evidence that people are doing what John the Baptist said to do many years ago.

Pedro

Did you find any proof?

Christina

Are people sharing with those who have none?

Theodore

In this area are baskets filled with canned meats, fruits, and vegetables.There are boxes of cereal, dried milk, sugar, and salt.

Pedro

Come over here.Look at the new clothing and shoes stacked up for the Catholic Social Services to give out on Christmas.

 

Christina

These items will really help those who have none.

 

Anastasia

I donít understand the part in todayís Gospel about the wheat and the chaff.

 

Pedro

He says the Messiah will separate the wheat seeds from the chaff which is the shell, stems, leaves, or straw.

 

Christina

We eat the peanut, but throw the shell away.

 

Theodore

We eat the walnut and throw its shell away.

 

Anastasia

Now I understand.The water of Baptism takes the shell and the other chaff off of our soul. Then we are the seeds of God, ready to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Theodore

It also can mean, that those who have obeyed Godís commandments have been the seeds, the nuts.Those who havenít are the chaff, or trash, the evil, and will be burned.

 

Christina

If we obey Godís commandments and the greatest commandments, we will be seeds of God.We will not be thrown into the unquenchable fires.

Pedro

The greatest commandment is love God above everyone and everything.The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.All of us can do that with Godís love and forgiveness.

 

Narrator

And so through the years, the people at St. John Neumann Catholic Church continue to love God and to use magnifying glasses to search for proof that they are good seeds by sharing with others.God will welcome them into his heavenly home. He will not put the good wheat seeds into the fire.