Year 2: February 2, 2020
Lovely by Jess Hong
(Written for ages 3-5)
Comment: You may be tempted to focus on one or the other of the healing stories that are sandwiched together in Mark’s gospel lesson for today, but taking them as a pair will highlight some important lessons for children. You might begin by asking what’s the same in both stories (Jesus heals a female character, as 12-year-old girl and a 12-year-old sickness) and then what’s different (one is a child, the other an adult; one comes from a wealthy background, the other from poverty). These stories, paired together, show that Jesus’ healing is not just for the wealthy – or the poor – but for all who desire it. In her book, Hong illustrates a variety of “opposites” in appearance, declaring them all to be “lovely.” This gives children an idea of how Jesus views the people he encounters – and how we can look at others, providing love, care, and respect – no matter what.
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Joshua Andrzejewski for writing the Year 2 Narrative Lectionary Links.