For young teachers: read the signs

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What we saw in New York City  on Sunday and in several other global cities is called “a sign of the times.” During the Second Vatican Council the Church said in Gaudium et Spes (1965): To carry out such a task, the Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel.”

The “signs of the times” was a direct quote from Matthew’s Gospel. He has Jesus saying:
When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 16:3

In other words,  you are pretty good at reading nature’s clues  such as the colour of the sky means fair weather but are clueless at discerning the finger of God in history.

Where is the Divine calling us? What is the holy voice of God saying to us at this moment in time?  What message is he addressing to me while I am on my smart phone, cruising the mall as a fashionista etc

Since the end of the Council 50 years ago there have been many “signs’ or distinctive  messages which are indisputably of God. To name a few: The cry of the poor (as evidence in Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement, the growing awareness from new media sources that our human family, largely in the south needs dramatic help while the top 1% are living like gilded royalty; the cry of peace and latterly the  desperate cry of the earth—the tidal waves, the bizarre weather patterns, the melting icebergs etc

As teachers  the above sign is speaking directly to you.
What do students at any level see as they look at you?

 

Are you a mere technician passing on information or are you a committed campaigner for God’s reign on earth (the kingdom)?

 

Are you another adult whose actions do not match the gospel call for transformation?

 

Are you one more reason why the Church  has so little credibility today?
Just what kind of a role model are you?
Rabbi Heschel tells us

 

Everything depends on the person who stands
in front of the classroom. The teacher is either a witness
or a stranger. To guide a pupil into the promised land,
the teacher must have been there themselves.
When asking themselves: Do I stand for what I teach?,
Do I believe what I say?, the teacher must be able to
answer in the affirmative. What we need more than
anything else is not textbooks, but text people.

 

The promised land is not only in the classroom but in the streets.

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3 Comments »

  1. 1
    Joe Schmidt Says:

    Dear Ted Thank you for your thoughts—-always,ALWAYS ANTICIPATED AND MUCH APPRECIATED Be well Joe

  2. 2
    mushafta Says:

    Right on brother Ted!
    This is truly a remarkable moment.
    Vox populi has spoken!
    Tell Defiant Harper to look out!
    There’s a tidal wave of opposition coming his way!

  3. 3
    mushafta Says:

    Utterly disgraceful! Harper’s absence at Climate Change meeting a
    In New York.


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