Fourth Sunday in Lent
Year 4: March 11, 2018
Preaching Text: John 18:28-40
Muddle & Mo by Nikki Slade Robinson
(Written for ages 3-6)
This text presents different lenses in how people saw and attempted to understand Jesus’ identity. Who is Jesus? A criminal, a king, a radical, a truth teller? As Pilate and Jesus go back and forth in conversation, Pilate remains puzzled. Who is this person standing before him? What has he done? Is he a king? What is truth? Pilate is overflowing with questions related to the identity of Jesus. Muddle the duck has lots of questions about Mo’s identity; Mo just doesn’t seem very duck-like for a duck. Eventually, Muddle realizes that Mo isn’t a duck at all, but a goat. This text and story invite us to ask questions, to wonder about Jesus, and to affirm our belief in who Jesus is and why God sent him into the world.
Thanks to regular contributor Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 4 Narrative Lectionary Links.