Year B: June 10, 2012
First Reading: 1 Samuel 8:4-20
No by Claudia Rueda
(Written for ages 2-4)
Comment: In this reading, Samuel shares many good reasons why the people should not want a king. He does this as a warning from God, to let the people know what life would be like if they were subject to an earthly king. “But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, ‘No!’” No is a familiar phrase for children and adults. Often we want to make our own choices, even when someone we trust advises us against it. This is also the case with little bear and his mother. Much like Samuel, mother bear shares many good reasons why little bear should not stay outside for the winter; but little bear does not want to listen to his mother’s reasoning. Sometimes we have to experience things for ourselves to really understand a situation.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
The Big Wish by Carolyn Conahan
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: According to Mark Barger Elliott, “In [this] passage Paul seems to indicate that just as Elijah heard a still, small voice, and Moses climbed a mountain to see God’s glory, we can discover God’s presence all around us–inside and out–if we have the eyes of the heart to see.” (Feasting on the Word, Year B, Volume 3, p115) Children often seem to have a special gift for seeing with the eyes of the heart. They can imagine and envision a world that could be, much like the world we pray for where God’s kingdom would be on earth as it is in heaven. Molly, the main character in Conahan’s story, embodies this vision of the heart, and inspires that vision to bloom in the people of her town. Together their wishes change their world.
Gospel Reading: Mark 3:20-35
Without You by Geneviève Côté
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, the house will not be able to stand.” We see many divisions in the world, our nation, our churches, and our homes. Though we often live divided, life seems to hold more value when we’re together. Pig and Rabbit find much joy in their life when they decide to set aside the things that divide them and share their life with one another. Christ invites us to unity together in him–he invites us to be family.
The Lectionary Links this week are written by regular contributor Noell Rathbun-Cook.