Day: Pentecost 6C
Lectionary Passage: Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Scriputre Focus: Galatians 5:22
Object: Two Pieces of Fruit: one ripe and one rotten
This morning I’ve got two pieces of fruit with me. Can you tell me some of the differences (appearance, feel, smell, etc.) between these two? Now, here’s the really important question: Do you want to eat this rotten piece of fruit? You mean you don’t want to eat something that looks gross, feels slimy, and smells yucky?! I think that’s the right call.
And that goes along with our Bible story for today. It tells us that we are a lot like fruit. We can be good, whole, and healthy like this apple. Or, we can be rotten like this one. We’re like rotten fruit whenever we decide to do bad things and we act mean and nasty to others. But Jesus wants his friends to be like good fruit. He showed us the way and then gave us the Holy Spirit to help us. Jesus wants us to love other people and being kind. And, just like you don’t want to eat this rotten fruit, no body wants to be around people who are mean and nasty. So, let’s follow Jesus’ way and be good fruit!
Let’s pray: God, thank you for showing us how to be good fruit by following Jesus. Amen.