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“Along the way, Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’” –Mark 8:27
One of my favorite days of the year is this one—Catechetical Sunday. Part of the reason I like it is because I’m a catechist, a teacher of the faith. I also appreciate the chance to celebrate all the people who communicated their faith to me through the years—my parents, teachers, pastors, mentors, and friends. I’m grateful too for the example of the saints, the writers of spiritual books, and all the folks I’ve never met who taught me by their heroic living and deep reflection.
Jesus is a catechist. He teaches his disciples in lecture-like instruction and by his example of prayers, compassionate healings, and willingness to forgive any sinner and restore them to grace. One of the most interesting ways Jesus teaches is by asking significant questions. He doesn’t answer them but leaves them open for our ongoing reflection.
Who has been significant in the formation of your faith?
How do you answer Jesus’ question today—“Who do you say that I am?”
LET US PRAY…
Loving God, your Son, Jesus, taught us to become like little children to prepare for your reign. As the school year begins, we ask your blessing on all children and their teachers, protectors, and providers. May our children learn well and be free from anxiety, bullying, and danger at school and in the home. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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