How Do You Teach?
Are you in some way an educator? For myself, going into teaching in a school, it's important to teach the students. This involves not just standing up in front of them giving them a history lesson. It's engaging each and every student, looking at their specific learning styles, what interests them, teaching in a way that reaches them and makes them want to learn. Look at the lack of interest in reading with children lately for example. They aren't engaged enough in class and there is too much critical analysis over texts, instead of encouraging students to read for enjoyment. This makes people pull away from any enjoyment of reading, which is quite unfortunate. Similar in Catholicism, when we talk with our peers, it can be so easy to go at it from a 'teacher' perspective, giving the facts in a very intense way and not really taking time to listen to the others' perspective. Jesus shows us that teaching is about helping others come to realizing their faith through experience, taking time to reflect, to live as a disciple, and most importantly, to act in love. How do you teach others about your faith?
Today's Gospel:'He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. And some one said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them, "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, `Lord, open to us.' He will answer you, `I do not know where you come from.' Then you will begin to say, `We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' But he will say, `I tell you, I do not know where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity!' There you will weep and gnash your teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out. And men will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God. 30And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last"' (Luke 13:22-30).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus went through the villages teaching, opening the door into faith for many people. Your faith is a lived faith, one that you talk about and experience in everything you do. You inspire others by teaching what you know, from experience. How do you experience a lived faith in your life? Take some time to ask God to help you teach others about your lived faith.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me walk by faith in every area of my life. Help me to teach others to know You, and share my personal experiences in a way that touches many lives.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.