Year 2: August 9, 2020
One City, Two Brothers by Chris Smith
(Written for ages 6-9)
Comment: Paul addresses the Corinthians to remind them of the generosity of the Macedonians, who “gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us” (v.5). This is an important lesson about giving: we do so not to check something off a list, but because giving our lives to God shows us what’s truly important in life. In Smith’s retelling of an old parable, two brothers both worry about one another. One is married with a family while the other is single. Concerned that the other doesn’t have enough, both brothers sneak around in the night, taking some of their extra grain and (unbeknownst to each other) loading it into the other’s grain silo. They’re both perplexed until they find themselves by the light of the full moon one night, embracing one another. These brothers exemplify the generosity of the Macedonians that Paul extolls: the realization that, when we give ourselves to the Lord, we find that we have all that we need – and more.
Thanks to Joshua Andrzejewski, Union Presbyterian Seminary alumnus and chaplain for the pediatric and women’s health units in the VCU Medical Center, for writing the Year 2 Narrative Lectionary Links.