Third Sunday in Lent
Year 4: March 4, 2018
Preaching Text: John 18:12-27
Loretta: Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: To fully encounter Peter’s experience in this text, we must hold it in relationship to what happened before and will happen after his denying Jesus. From previous stories in the gospels we know Peter to be a disciple that is all in. Similarly, Loretta is the scout who’s all in. Peter’s an ace of a disciple, Loretta is an ace of a pinky scout. Neither Loretta or Peter expect to fail. Peter was adamant in his devotion to Christ; surely, he would never deny him. Loretta aced every scouting activity; surely, she could roast some marshmallows. In today’s stories, both Peter and Loretta face failed expectations, doing the opposite of what they thought they would do. Fortunately, their failures do not spell the end of their stories as disciple and scout. Fortunately, failure does not spell the end of our stories. As commentator Meda Stamper says, “There is hope for the part in each of us that has failed repeatedly…. Even we can love boldly: tending, feeding, and bearing witness to the relentless, abundant, life-giving love of God for the world.”
Thanks to Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 4 Narrative Lectionary Links this year.