Brothers & Sisters,
As this summer session of religious formation class winds down I reflect on the past two weeks and all of the fruits found within. The implication that one cannot learn from those younger than them is a dangerous misnomer and one I would encourage you to shed if you believe such things. The blessings I have received over the past nine days have been numerous and beautiful.
Don't underestimate those you are teaching. Of all of the chapters I thought were going to generate minimal conversation, those were the ones that garnered the most attention and focus. It was impressive to hear seventh graders speak about the desire to live a good life, question how people can do evil to each other, accept the holy sacrifice that Jesus made for us and how everything we do will always fall short of that. Some of these concepts I have trouble getting adults to accept!
As part of my desire to spread the good word of God as far as I can to any that are willing to listen the past two weeks have been a great start in that process. It is my great hope that the class will take with them and perhaps use some of the information we covered this past week to strengthen their (and those around them) relationship with God.
One thing is for sure I love teaching. It's been an excellent opportunity to jump into the evangelization pool as well as start to tweak what works and what doesn't work when talking to young people about God. One cannot assume that they have excellent knowledge of Jesus, but we also cannot believe that they have zero knowledge either. If you were to ask me for some advice on teaching a group of 12-year-olds, I would tell you to have an open mind and an open heart and enjoy the ride. Have fun and don't doubt that what you're saying is falling on deaf ears, because it isn't.