Year 1: July 28, 2019
Preaching Text: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats
(Written for ages 3-7)
Comment: Hebrews tells us that we have a high priest, Jesus, who can sympathize with our weakness, who was tested as we are, yet was without sin. Jesus became human and lived among us, and so, even now, he knows us and what our lives are like. He sympathizes with us in our weaknesses, and he has experienced what we’ve experienced. And, in turn, because he is our high priest, and without sin, we can lean on him, and know his strength in our human situations. In Kitten for a Day, a puppy meets four kittens and decides to spend the day not only playing with them but being a kitten, just like them. The puppy does all the things the kittens do, just like a kitten. The puppy experiences what the kittens experience, as a result of the day as a kitten. At the end of the story, the puppy suggests that the next day they all be puppies, so they can experience a puppy’s situation, too. Like the puppy living as a kitten, Jesus lived as one of us, and so he can sympathize with us. Like the puppy with the kittens, Jesus knows our situation. But, like the reversal at the end, we can also lean on Jesus, and have his strength for our situations.
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Sara Anne Berger for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links.