Year B: June 17, 2012
First Reading: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
(Written for ages 8-12)
Comment: The story of David being chosen by God and anointed to be king is a great one for children. It serves to remind us that God can call the people we least expect to do God’s work in the world. We are opened up to the idea, that God can call and use us, too, no matter our size. Masterpiece tells the story of an unexpected calling. In chapter 4, James finds a beautiful piece of artwork in his room. He’s surprised and amazed to discover that the artist is a beetle!
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17
The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: In this passage, Paul expresses that we would rather be at home with the Lord than away from the Lord. In the midst of that longing, it is the love of Christ urges us on, shaping the way we live our lives. In The Kiss Box, Little Bear expresses that he would rather have his mama stay home with him, than go on her trip. Mama Bear encourages Little Bear that her love will always be with him. “Together or apart, their love goes on and on…”
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:26-34
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: “The Kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground…” In these parables, Jesus is describing the Kingdom of Heaven through the imagery of seeds. When exploring different commentaries, we often hear how the mustard seed, though very small, creates a large weedy bush that spreads and spreads. Beautiful imagery of seeds and plants spreading and overtaking a land can be found in the story Miss Rumphius. Miss Rumphius does her part to make the world a more beautiful place by spreading lupine seeds wherever she goes. The island where she live changed by her actions and she inspires her young niece to play her own part in making the world more beautiful.
The Lectionary Links this week are written by regular contributor Noell Rathbun-Cook.