Year 2: May 31, 2020
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(Written for ages 2-6)
Comment: As we conclude the liturgical year with the celebration of Pentecost, the texts for today remind us that everyone has unique and important talents – to be embraced and celebrated. These gifts all come from the same Spirit, which is bestowed on the apostles at Pentecost and given to us today. In Rosenthal’s book, Little Spoon becomes jealous of his friends – Knife can cut and spread, Fork gets to go everywhere, and Chopsticks are sooo exotic! His mom helps him to remember all the things only he can do, from dishing ice cream to measuring ingredients to relaxing in a hot cup of tea. It would be difficult to enjoy a whole meal with only one shape of utensil; it would be impossible to be the full body of Christ without the variety of gifts that all people possess. This is an opportunity to talk to children about the beauty of diversity in God’s world, and the fact that we need to seek out people who are different from us in order to understand God more fully.
Thanks to Joshua Andrzejewski, Union Presbyterian Seminary alumnus and chaplain for the pediatric and women’s health units in the VCU Medical Center, for writing the Year 2 Narrative Lectionary Links.