Read the article 'Easter Reflection: Look for beating angel wings' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. When you think of angels, what comes to mind?
a. Do you believe in angels? Why or why not?
b. What do you know about angels? Who has taught you about angels?
2. Fr Hamilton says during Jesus times, angels were serious.
a. What do you think he means by this?
b. Do you agree with Fr Hamilton that today we only see images of angels that are cuddly and nice? Why or why not?
3. What is your favourite Bible story with an angel in it? Why is this your favourite? What does this story teach you about angels?
4. Read the account of Jesus’ resurrection in John 20; 11-18. Why do you think the angels appeared to the women?
5. Do you think it’s significant that the first people who discovered Jesus’ empty tomb were women? Why do you think that it was women who first discovered it? How do you think people reacted to their stories? Why might some see this as significant?
6. What role do you think angels have in our Catholic faith today?
1. Look for examples of angels in the Bible. What was the angel's or angels' role in each example? How have our modern depictions of angels changed from Biblical times?
Create a collage of traditional and modern depictions of angels. In addition to your collage, your teacher could assign the class to write a one-page reflection on how and why the role of angels has changed through the centuries.
Share your collage and your reflection with your class.
2. Write a short story about the scene in the Gospel of John when the women arrive at Jesus' tomb and meet the angels. Whose point-of-view would you want to write from? How would you describe the scene? How would you begin your story? What would the climax of your story be? How would you end your story?
When you're finished with your work, read your story to the class.
3. Read the different accounts of Jesus’ resurrection in the Gospels. Mary Magdelene is considered the ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ because she was the first to tell them about the resurrected Jesus. Find out more about her, then put together a script (or in groups, a short play) in which one person plays a journalist interviewing Mary after the resurrection.
For younger students
Teachers, read or summarise the article ‘Look for beating angel wings’ to your class. Discuss what role angels had in the Bible and what their role is in our faith today.
Then, ask your students to draw a picture of Margy Magdalene meeting the angels at Jesus' tomb. Teachers, you can read your class the Gospel verses from John 20: 11- 18.
Students can share their drawing with the class or hang them up in the classroom.