2nd Sunday in Lent
Year 2: March 8, 2020
Thank You Omu! by Oge Mora
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: The gospel passage for today is a natural progression from last week’s caution against selfishness. In this story, Jesus outlines how he wants his disciples to engage the world: “whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant,” he tells them. This story emphasizes the need to look beyond ourselves, placing others in higher regard. In Mora’s book, Omu (which means “Queen” in the Igbo language) makes a delicious stew. Throughout the day, people come by her house and she shares with them – until she has nothing left! She is so focused on being generous that she has forgotten to keep “enough” for herself. At the end of the story, all the people with whom she shared the stew return to share different kinds of food with her. This story is a reminder that, when we all work to serve one another, everyone gets what they need and no one goes without. There is more than “enough” to go around when we adopt a perspective of generosity. Going along with the theme of gratitude, we can offer thanks for what we’ve been given – even if what we’ve been given is an opportunity to serve others.
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.