On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I found out that my classroom would be used for testing last weekend, so I expected the inevitable: rearranging desks and locating missing items. Sure enough, Monday’s surprise was a series of names written in marker on each of my desks. My first instinct was to email administration to organize a system for testing procedure, but I didn’t have time. So I cleaned.
We may incorporate the Gospel into our curricula, but I think sometimes we teachers forget to apply Jesus’ teachings to our own professional interactions. Over the course of wiping down desks, I noticed a ton of stray marks from pens and pencils. These marks, created from months of daily use, were from my students and took way more surface space than the written names. I never wrote the email demanding rules governing testing procedure, but I have instead received a comforting internal reminder of my own responsibilities.
How are you being invited to incorporate the Gospel into your life today?
—Austin Freeman is an English teacher and the Test Prep Coordinator forJesuit High School in Tampa, FL.
Prayer for Generosity
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola