Jesus, the real reason we do what we do.

What is our goal

as catechist

as teacher of religious education

as sunday school teacher

regardless of grade level

What is the goal?

It cannot simply be to only

teach bible stories

to only

define the sacraments

our goal as teachers

should revolve around

bringing the gospel of Jesus

to the children(whether 8 or 80)

that we teach

this means giving real world examples

real world scenarios

and interactive discussion with how

the students can be

active followers of Jesus

this can be different for each student

some are comfortable talking about God and Jesus and evangelizing

and some are not

for some

coming to church

and bringing food for the food pantry

is where they are at

at that should be appreciated

within the body or Christ there is a need for all to be active, participating members

As Paul said in 1Corinthians 12:12-31

One Body with Many Members

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

and while I’m not saying we shouldn’t challenge people out of their comfort zone

we should utilize people…where they are…doing what they do best

to further the gospel

in this chaotic world we live in today

Recently I was reminded of this song by Petra

(I say reminded but really although I’ve not heard it in years …its been running in my brain the last week or so)(so perhaps the Holy Spirit is guiding me to share it)

So here it is :

In the Likeness of you, by Petra

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About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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