Year 2: May 17, 2020
Love, Z by Jessie Sima
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: This text is often used to describe how we ought to love one another – the qualities that should define our relationships. If we look closely at the first few verses, it also tells us how we should do everything. This passage is a good companion message to the passage from Thessalonians two weeks ago. While our actions matter, so too do our motivations. “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” When Z the robot finds a note signed “Love, Beatrice,” they go on a mission to discover what the meaning of “love” is. Their journey helps them to see many creatures doing things out of love: a mother bird feeding her young, a baker patiently teaching his daughter, and children playing together. In the end, Z meets Beatrice and she says that love is hard to explain. You might point out to children that this is exactly what the author of 1 Corinthians is trying to do by listing the attributes of love and invite them to come up with their own list of what love “is.”
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.