READING— Luke 20:27-38
I remember a student asking me in class if I believed in the end of the world. Close to the year 2000, there was much talk about the world coming to a catastrophic end. I had responded to my student by saying that I, in fact, looked forward to the end of this world.
Our faith, I think, teaches us to look forward to a world so transformed by God’s love. It will be different from the kind of world we know today. And while it will be difficult to provide a picture of what it will look or feel like, our hearts will recognize it nonetheless as God’s work.
As educators, we proclaim this faith everyday that God is at work in our world and is in fact transforming it. Our work with young people is a clear expression of this faith. When we refuse to give up on that one struggling student; when we allow errant students another chance; when we actively seek out the development of those we lead and work with - we live out our faith in this God whose love transforms us all. In this regard, hope and optimism are essential qualities of every committed educator. How have we nurtured hope and optimism in ourselves and in our communities?
Gentle God who, in Jesus Christ, showed us humility and compassion, we thank You for Your gracious love. Forgive our sin of apathy and pride. Empower us to struggle for justice for the sake of young people who in this world are weak and have no voice.
Compassionate Jesus, teach us to be true disciples in our times and in all places today. Enable us to change attitudes and structures that enslave. Give us eyes to see and hearts to be so that your goodness may once again be announced to the world of youth.
Divine Wisdom, Holy Spirit, in Your grace, transform the world in us and through us. Cleanse our hearts and renew our spirits. With serving hands and liberating actions, we humbly pray for courage and inspiration to do Your will beginning today. AMEN.
From De La Salle’s Meditations for the Time of Retreat 16.2
Class reunions are joyous affairs on earth, but think for a moment on the final reunion in heaven of all the students you have taught during your ministry in the Lasallian school. You will be among the thousands of young people you have helped to attain their eternal happiness. As Daniel, the prophet says, “Those who instruct many in right living will shine like stars for all eternity.” You are to shine forever among your students, receiving praise for the part you had – after their parents and God, Himself – in their everlasting blessedness. This is what your hope and fidelity should mean to you as you carry out your daily tasks.