These are hard texts and no responsible exegete can make them easy. If one is looking for good news to preach, it will most likely be found in the second reading, though it lurks around the edges of the other two lessons as well. The theme of the day is Judgment -- judgment that destroys so God can create (first reading), judgment that tries and perfects our faith (second reading), and judgment that divides even our families (Gospel lesson).
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“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”(v. 26)
Hello dear children,
I am so glad to see you this morning. Know why? It's a time for worship. And more than that, I get to tell you good news. The good news from John's gospel today, is about a very special friend who is here with us today.
But first, how many of you have friends? (children respond)
Jenny was having fun. Her friend Martha had brought a graphical calculator into school. Martha had borrowed the calculator from her older brother, who used it for his advanced maths. He'd been off school for a week, so Martha had figured he wouldn't need his calculator for a while. She and Jenny had soon discovered a great bowling game hidden in the depths of the calculator, and Jenny, to her excitement had just reached level three.