Goal of this Life Night
The goal of this Life Night is to give teens an overview of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, and to demonstrate how they prefigure and help us understand Christ.
About this Life Night
This Life Night utilizes imagery teenagers will be familiar with from children’s Bible stories in order to challenge them to a deeper understanding of Sacred Scripture, especially the Pentateuch. The first five books of the Bible can be difficult to understand, and unless a teenager knows how to read them correctly, they can even seem childish. This night begins by putting teenagers into a “Vacation Bible School” environment, with lots of depictions of Bible stories for children. The Gather features a popular VBS sing-a-long song that will give the teens an opportunity to be goofy as the night begins. This transitions into a brief teaching that gives an overview of the Pentateuch and explains how we are to interpret it within our Catholic Tradition. Teens will attend three rotating sessions during the Break. They will be given an opportunity to learn about specific passages within the Pentateuch and how they prefigure Christ. Teens will have an opportunity to discuss these passages at each rotating session. The night closes with a prayer that utilizes the “Shema” found in Deuteronomy 6:4-6; this is the commandment to love God above all else. During a brief reflection, teens will prayerfully examine how they have failed to love God with their whole mind, soul, and body – and will resolve to give themselves to God in the coming week.