Year 1: February 17th, 2019
Preaching Text: Matthew 13:24-43
Tiptop Cat by Roger Mader
(Written for ages 4-7)
Comment: In Tiptop Cat, a cat arrives at his new home and his favorite places are the very high balcony and roof, which he deftly explores with feline dexterity. But one day a bird lands on the roof and as the cat jumps to capture it, the cat falls down to the street. (Thankfully, iit s physically uninjured). After this, the cat is afraid of being up high, afraid to go to his favorite places, and hides away, sad and afraid. But then he sees yet another bird, and the cat follows it, little by little, up to the roof again, where the cat then sits content and unafraid, back in his favorite place. In Jesus’ parables, the weeds are left to grow beside the wheat, because ultimately, at the harvest time, the weeds will be burned and the wheat will be collected. Jesus also says that tiny mustard seeds grow into one of the biggest trees, becoming a home for birds, and that a small amount of yeast leavens a large portion of dough. Jesus is saying that no matter what, the kingdom of heaven will prevail, little by little, always coming out on top. Like Tiptop Cat, making it back to the top of the house after his fall, the kingdom of heaven will prevail. As much as we may worry about the weeds sown in the garden of God, we know that, like seeds, like leaven, like Tiptop Cat, ultimately God’s reign will prevail and we can hope in that success.
Thanks to Union Presbyteria Seminary alumna Sara Anne Berger for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links.