Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

One of my Jesuit mentors says a good teacher is someone who leads us to ask the important questions. The real mystery of teaching is students can also “teach” teachers.  A wise professor should know that out there in the classroom, there is always someone brighter than he or she is. This semester, I have the privilege of teaching a bright young lady who enables me to reflect again and again on the materials that she usually sees only once. I have learned much from her this semester.

Jesus is indeed a good teacher because he leads his disciples to ask an important question, “what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” The disciples teach Jesus to reflect on the signs of time, “when nation will rise against nation and…awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.” Each of us might have a good “teacher” who teaches us about faith, especially our faith on the birth, life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us pause and remember our “teachers” and express our gratitude for what they have taught us.

November 25th, 2014