Year A: November 28
First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope by Michael Foreman (Written for Grades K-3)
Comment: “…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.” As you turn through the pages of Foreman’s book, you will indeed see what it means for swords to be beaten into plowshares. A small boy cares for a plant that soon overtakes the barbed wire fence separating his home from the outside world. Even after soldiers tear the vines down, the plant returns. The boy share a message of hope with readers, much like the message of Isaiah: “Roots are deep, and seeds spread…”
Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
This Little Light of Mine Illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Written for Grades PreK-1)
Comment: I always love an excuse to share books that illustrate beloved hymns and songs. Paul encourages us to “lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” What would it mean for a child to do this in our world? How do we let our light shine? This Little Light of Mine shares a day in the life of a little boy who lets his light shine in the love and care he shares with others. To put on Jesus Christ is to carry his love to everyone we meet, and to let our light shine!
Third Reading: Matthew 24:36-44
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola (Written for Grades K-3)
Comment: “Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming… you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” It is difficult to stay awake, to wait, to be ready for something that is coming at a time we do not know. It is a practice of patience and perseverance. Every evening, Little Gopher sits on the hill watching the sun set. He longs to share these vibrant colors with the people. Day after day he tries, but he cannot find the right paints. Finally, “because [he has] been faithful to the People and true to his gift,” he finds a gift of brushes on the side of the hill with the perfect colors.