December 9, Day Four of Week Two – The Way of Peace though Love

Mark 1: 21 – 22 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.

Art of Teaching

Sister Mary Clarence Takes Over the Choir  Video link

I Will Follow Him Song link

I will follow Him
Follow Him where ever he may go
And near Him I always will be
For nothing can keep me away
He is my destiny

I will follow Him
Ever since he touched my heart, I knew

REFRAIN:  There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep
Keep me away, away from his love

I love Him, I love Him, I love Him
And where He goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
I will follow Him, follow Him where ever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep, keep me away

We will follow Him
Follow Him where ever he may go  REFRAIN

I love Him, I love Him, I love Him
And where He goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever  REFRAIN

Reflection:  Think of the teachers of the law as attorneys or judges.  In Jesus’ time these teachers of the law of the Bible were revered and respected.  Their teachings were scripture based only, with little interpretation of what the scripture might mean in the everyday person’s life.  Jesus came along teaching about God, from a more accessible, every day manner.  He expected that people were sinners and taught from that basis.  He knew people had bad days, illnesses, moments distanced from God.  His teachings reflected all this.  Jesus met people where they were.  There was nothing esoteric about his teachings.  He wanted you to get it.  He taught using all different kinds of teaching methods – he showed, he read, he demonstrated, he told parables, he didn’t patronize, he stayed humble, he asked questions, he kept true to his words.  Underlying all that he said, was an abiding desire for people to understand and know God.

Action:  Everyone learns in a different way.  There is no one way to teach everybody.  This is made clear in the first video featured in today’s devotional.  A true desire for others to understand what is being taught is essential.  A willingness to use multiple ways to deliver information, an ability to put it into a context the learner can understand, the humility to teach without condescension are all qualities of an exceptional teacher.  We all have had that teacher who made a critical difference in your life.  Today, reach out to that teacher and let them know what a difference they made.  They will never be paid what they are worth, but our gratitude will pile up riches that can’t be counted in dollars.  Tonight watch Sister Act.  Either of them.  Or both.  You will go to sleep smiling.

Dear God, Give us desire to reach others as Jesus did, with humility and compassion.  In these days of unrest, of changing tides, give us a true desire to understand what others have to teach us.   Help us to know how to ask questions that lead to new understandings, let new understandings shift the questions to ones of peace seeking.  Fill us with a humility of love that opens our hearts to discover a way of peace that is new and changes our direction so that we may follow him, wherever he may lead us.  With hearts yearning to know, Amen.

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