Year 1: July 21, 2019
Preaching Text: Hebrews 2:10-18
Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: Hebrews tells us that “the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters”, and says that we all share flesh and blood, and share with Jesus as well. The passage shows us, even in our variety and diversity, the connections we share with Jesus Christ and one another, through him. In our differences, we have commonalities. Carrie learns the same thing in Everybody Cooks Rice. As she looks for her little brother, she goes from neighbor’s house to neighbor’s house. It is supper time, so she gets to see and experience the fact that all of her neighbors, in their varieties and differences, all cook rice, just like her family does. Carrie and her family are connected with their neighbors in that way, and discover their commonalities, even in their variety. Like Carrie and her neighbors, in Jesus Christ, as siblings in Christ and children of God, we are connected and share things in common. Christ connects us to each other and to himself so that we see we have things in common, even in our variety.
Thanks to Sara Anne Berger, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Nachitoches, LA, for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links.