A glass container (could be a large glass) with some stones of varying sizes and a pitcher of water that is out of sight
Good morning! This morning I'm going to ask you to fill this
glass full. (Let the children put the stones in the glass
container. When they appear to have the glass full ask:) Is the
glass full? (Let them answer.)
I brought this glass to show you something about how God's
kingdom works. God asks us to do good and treat people kindly,
with respect, and with politeness. God wants us to be good to
people. God wants us to be good people. We call this "the law"
because God's law is that we do good to others.
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.